There’s a day left in the semester. I should be studying for my many exams coming up, and yet here I am – reminiscing.
Reminiscing about the person I was before this class, and who I am now. However, nobody cares about my own personal growth, so I won’t talk about that specifically.
I can attribute so much of what I’ve learned and who I’ve become to the amazing grade 12s in our class, and so I’d like to pay a little respect to each one, as I’m sure all of us feel much the same way.
In alphabetical order, and in the colour I associate you with (I don’t care what colour you want to be):
As my fingers click down on these keys, I can remember counting them with Abhay and hoping that I wouldn’t be the one getting absolutely obliterated by his slaps.
Having you in two of my classes this year was totally amazing. Every time you raised your hand, there was something deeply intelligent and thought-provoking that came out of your mouth. I noticed pretty early on that you have a truly special commitment to self-improvement: even Hunnisett marvelled at how you always had that hunger and desire to get better. I feel like this is reflected more even in your passion for martial arts: you’re constantly looking to perfect your mind and your body, as well as your singing skills – even if you aren’t as committed to improving your beard. I look at you and I hear your voice and I read your writing and I realize that there is still so much left to learn and so much to learn from you specifically. Not only do you advocate self-improvement: you exemplify it. Abhay, you are an overall outstanding individual who somehow managed to tolerate my constant pecking and jokes, and I will miss seeing your lack of a butt for three hours a day.
I’ll say it time and time again: if someone doesn’t have a deep respect and admiration for Maria, he or she either doesn’t know her or is a piece of trash human being.
I remember being intrigued by everything you said; there was so much intelligence, humour, and wit within you every time you spoke to the class as a whole. Once I got to know you better, I began to understand how much of a special human being you really are. Everything about you is geared towards humbleness and excellence; you always seek to outdo yourself but will never admit your own successes if you think it might make you seem annoying. That said, I truly love and respect your confidence: from the way you look and speak to the general public, to the more personal and emotional conversations you and I have. You’ve shown me that there is no lack of appreciation and love in the world, and that the point of life is to do things the right way: the way that makes you work harder but gives you the happiness that everyone in their life needs. You’ve given me the Maria that everyone in their life needs and I deeply regret only getting to know you in your final year. But alas, there is still a little time to go, and I hope that we can keep our relationship more permanent than the status of my PP.
Mia was my number one fan.
I remember the first few weeks of class and noticing such a stark contrast between me and you. I remember seeing you cry during your Pechakucha, and being so confused as to why you would show your emotions like that in front of the class. Most of all, however, I remember how you changed my life. One day, I came in with a really big burden on my chest, and it wasn’t something I could’ve just told anyone. You were the first person I told because I thought you’d be able to relate, and you have proven to be one of the best confidants ever – never once did I feel judged when I told you anything because you knew that it was okay to be emotional. I also owe it to you that I now show a more emotional side to myself than before. This is because when I opened up to you and showed myself as vulnerable, you never hurt me, which prompted me to try and echo this in my writing and life. So, in a way, you are actually responsible for bringing out the romantic side of me, because you were always there to support me and laugh at my jokes. I can’t count how many times the best part of my day was when you’d reach over and draw a smiley face on my page, and I’m sure you’ll succeed no matter where life takes you. Though I’ll miss you, I’ll always be here to provide some chocolate-covered granola bars.
Getting to spend three hours with Nimrat every day was a truly enlightening experience.
During that time, I never once heard you complain about a class or a test coming up because you had the confidence in your ability to get it done. I noticed very early on that you have a special studious ability – the ability to put your head down and work; whether it be for a test, assignment, or Hunni’s TA work, you always did everything to the best of your ability. You remained focused at all times on understanding the world around you, particularly through literature. But what made you so special is your ability to answer questions using every bit of knowledge, I can’t count how many times you’ve supported your argument and added insight and clarity to a discussion with something powerful and unique. You would bring in the most insightful ideas that no one could think of, and factor in themes and case studies that truly supplemented everyone’s knowledge. From you, Nimrat, I’ve learned how to analyze the world around me and to use every single piece of information that I can possibly gather to come to conclusions and to keep on learning more and more and diversify in my quest for knowledge.
All of you have taught me lessons that can’t be lost. And now, it’s up to me and the rest of next year’s 12s to preserve the magic of AP and the magic of you four that changed our lives. We have massive boots to fill as we look to mentoring the grade 11s and possibly 10s next year, but your teachings will remain true forever. It saddens me that we are nearing the beginning of the end, but all of you have bright futures, and I am proud to have been able to admire you for these past five months.
Though I shall address this with my name, I do know that I speak for everyone when I say that we are eternally grateful for all of you and the moments shared within this class that would’ve been impossible without all of you.