Senior Reflection

Sameer Menghani ’24 in Opinions | May 26, 2024

If you’re going to take anything away from this reflection, make it this: be present. That doesn’t just mean showing up for things. Find moments to be and to connect with the people around you. There’s only so much time left before you’re gonna be the one writing a senior reflection. There’s no better time than the present to simply be.

When I first came to Lawrenceville, I was a very different person. I was obsessed with Minecraft videos, and you would always find me in flip-flops or a neon green t-shirt. Most people thought (and probably still think) that I was a day student because you never really saw me outside of school hours. 
I would like to think otherwise, but for the earlier part of high school, I mostly stuck to myself, the clubs I participated in, and the small group of people closest to me. I feel as if I blinked and the first half of Lawrenceville was behind me. 

I know it’s so much easier said than done, but make an effort to live in the moment. There’s always gonna be another essay, meeting, exam, or stressful week, but don’t let the journey pass you by. Make the most of the time you have here because it goes by so fast. 

Before you know it, you’ll be moving on to the next stage of your life and you’ll look back wishing you went on that walk instead of studying for that one chemistry test. You’ll wish that you went out to play frisbee with that random group of people instead of binging that Netflix show alone in your room. Most of all, you’ll wish you had spent one less day complaining about all the things you hate about this school and one more day just being.

As much as we all love to complain about life here, Lawrenceville is a special place. Someone, I forget who, once told me that when you’re older you won't remember specific moments, but instead, you’ll remember the way you felt in different parts of your life as well as how people made you feel in those moments. This school and this community are warm and that’s how I will always remember it.