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Good-bye, High!

Leila Zein-Phillipson | Torrey Pines High School Senior


Torrey Pines High School Graduation 2010.
Photo Leila Zein-Phillipson. Click to enlarge.


Commencement ceremonies were held June 14th as friends and families gathered at the SDUHSD schools to watch their senior students receive their diplomas and graduate high school. At the conclusion of the graduation ceremonies, the graduates threw their colorfully decorated caps into the air and ended their high school journeys.

“Well it really doesn’t feel like it’s over! I’ve been thinking a lot about college but it still feels like I’m [going to] go back to Torrey Pines next year,” shared Julian Hasley who will attend UC Davis in the fall.

Each graduate looks forward to their own future journey. “It is bittersweet. We are leaving a lot of friends and memories behind, but we are starting a fresh, new life on clean slate,” said Jeremy Dinkin who will attend University of Wisconsin.
Similar to Dinkin, Grace Busby who will attend University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill believes the situation to be bittersweet. “ High school is great and there have been so many memories, but the adventure that I know is coming next year for me is so exciting. I am excited for the responsibility, but I’m going to miss the security of home.”

However, some students just can’t wait to leave the high school scene behind and start anew.

“I’m so glad I don’t have to see 95% of those kids ever again,” laughed Aaron who will attend a small private school in Texas.

College is the time and place to discover yourself and connect your passions to a career. Yet, this discovery of identity does not always come easily to incoming college admits.

According to Dr. Fritz Grupe, founder of MyMajors.com, eighty percent of college-bound students have yet to choose a major. The reason behind this is shown through the words of Sam Stafford who will attend UC Los Angeles.

“I never really felt at home at any high school. My family moved three times so I was always the new kid. High school is something that is essential to your education but at the same time I feel like it constricts your ability to grow due to the social atmosphere. Fear of being an outcast turns a lot of kids away from reaching their full intellectual or creative potential. I look forward to college because it will expose me to new and different perspectives and allow me to grow and find out what career I want to pursue in my life.”

Dr. Fritz Grupe added that 50 percent of those who do declare a major, change majors — with many doing so two or three times during their college years.
While some students choose to go to a 4-year college to learn more about career possibilities, choose a major, and gain book knowledge, other students prefer hands on experiences and an efficient way to launch their careers. Kamran Moslehpour is one of these students who early in his life discovered his career path.

“I’m going to stay home and intern for my uncle as an audio engineer and take classes at Mira Costa to help with my skill level.”

A few SDUHSD graduates made the decision to graduate a year early after completing the required graduation credentials, as juniors instead of seniors.
“Graduating early was hands down the best decision I’ve ever made. It’s giving me the opportunity to start my life and take more time to travel throughout college,” revealed Sophie Augustenborg who will attend UC Santa Cruz this fall as a 17-year old.

The excitement and trepidation hold true for all graduates regardless of their post high school plans. The senior baton has been passed to the graduating class of 2014 and the future is looming on the horizon for this month’s graduating class. A fond, final farewell and the best of luck is our wish to the SDUHSD senior class of 2013.


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