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Senior Goodbye: Molly Cunningham

May 19, 2015

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A wise man spoke at a Commencement at Stanford University in 2005. He stood in front of the crowd of graduates and told them three stories. Now, I am not Steve Jobs, so I’m not going to tell you three stories. Instead, I’m going to leave behind a piece of my legacy on how to survive high school from someone who did it.

My time at RB was filled with supportive teachers, friends, the occasional enemy, and   experiences I will not forget. Don’t get me wrong, RB will always have a place in my heart and in my life. I have had opportunities that I wouldn’t have been able to experience if I didn’t go to RB. I was a Rouser editor all three years I was on staff and I wrote for Clarion.  I was the president of a club that hangs out with elderly people every Wednesday at 3:25 and I was a Model UN delegate too!

I guess you can say I’m a good student. I worked hard for my grades and I did my homework and colleges accepted me. The thing is, I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the group of people who want to put up with high school students for their jobs. I want to thank  Mr. Sloan, Ms. Mynaugh, Ms. Wilmot, T-Digs, Ms. Edwards, JBeas, Mr. Mancoff, Mrs. McGrath, Mr. Forberg, Ms. Johnson, Mama Cassens, the whole Social Studies department for adopting me, especially Ms. Cunningham, who, spoilers, is my sister, and KHayes. I am so grateful that when times were hard, I knew that there were people at school who wanted to make it the best place for me.

KHayes, or to all of you non-Rouser people, Ms. Hayes, challenged the Rouser class last year to pick a word that they were going set their resolutions to for the next year. I can’t remember what junior year Molly chose, but senior year Molly chose “shine.” Shine means to me being able to do something–anything–that makes me or other people feel good. So, I challenge you to pick a word and live up to it. Steve Jobs encouraged people to, “Stay hungry. Stay foolish,” and he was a smart guy so you should do that too.

A few years ago, I could have been quoted saying high school does not fly by. Now, I’m writing my senior goodbye trying to get every last piece of advice out to all the fools of RB. Just remember to keep moving forward; the past is in the past. It may be hard for a moment, but Pre-Calc, a bad haircut, the ACT, drama, and life will go on and you will be fine.

In conclusion, I want to thank all of you for the adventure and here’s some parting advice: “If you didn’t make a fool of yourself, you didn’t do it right.”

Molly Cunningham, Indiana University, class of 2019. Peace out, girl scout. *drops mic.*

 

 

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