I love this picture of me for the reason that I’ve never seen a more genuine smile on my face. Today was my last day of high school and I can’t remember the last time I smiled so passionately and felt so whole, surrounded by all these incredible people that were so difficult to say goodbye to. My best friend pointed out to me that many a times I didn’t think I’d make it to the end of senior year but the fact that I’m graduating in 4 days makes me realize that if I’ve made it this far, ill always be able to move further. The past two years have easily been the toughest of my life but this ending brings out a whole new beginning. University is something I worked hard for despite every challenge that had its toll on my academic progress but come fall UC Santa Cruz will become my new home and dream come true. When I officially say goodbye to high school on Tuesday night, ill be looking forward to what comes next. All I know now is that this time of my life is my dreams coming true in the making and I’m ready to face what the future has in store for me.