Teen Talk: Missing them

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Teen Talk: Missing them

Teen Talk: Missing themBy Heather RiceTeen Reporter This past Saturday, September 4, my family and I had to say goodbye to my older brother Jeremy. Friday night he packed his things and headed out for college the next day. It was like a bad dream.
Having to say goodbye to a very close brother hurt so much more than I ever imagined. I was remembering all the things I loved so much about him and having him here every day.
I remember lying in my bed at night and, since his room is above mine, I’d listen to him strum on his guitar at late hours. Or when I got to bed late at night and was feeling guilty for it, I’d listen for his footsteps and know he was up just as late as me and I could relax.
During summer break, sometimes we’d fall asleep on the living room couches watching a lame television show that only plays at midnight. I’d wake up at some random time like 4 a.m. and look over at the other couch and see Jer still sleeping soundly.
He was full of advice, smiles and jokes. He brought life to our house. Despite our constant busy schedules, there were always times when we passed by each other with a simple greeting. It may even be those brief greetings that I’ll miss so much about him. Fortunately, he’s not too far away and I’ll still get to see him some weekends.
In addition to my brother, I’ve recently had to say goodbye to many of my friends. One of my best friends, Aaron Lim, was among them. He was preparing to leave for UC Berkeley about two weeks ago and frankly I don’t remember a time when I cried so much saying goodbye to someone.
Furthermore, I spent this last weekend with a good friend who is leaving to study abroad in London for a whole year. I also said goodbye to someone who is going south of the border to study in Argentina.
Some other high school grad friends are scattered amongst other colleges such as Grand Canyon University, Humboldt, UCSD and SDSU. The ones that are still around either commute to RCC or MSJC and I’m thankful that they’re still here to spend time with me whenever they get a chance. My close girlfriend, Summer Darden, is among those attending MSJC and I thank God that she’s around for me to talk to–she’s like an older sister to me.
I knew a long time ago my brother and friends were leaving for college but I guess I never really believed it was true. I thought it was some sort of game. I once thought that college was somewhere you worked hard to get into, but I guess I never really imagined my friends eventually going to the places they always told me they were going to go. Now it’s my turn to work on scholarship and college applications.
I know they are all happy at college and they are starting a new life so, looking at things in that aspect, I am happy as well. In the end, I still have all my friends who attend high school with me and we’re celebrating our senior year together as best we can, holding on to every last moment together.

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