In the midst of our final days as a high school students, I took it upon myself to watch a cinematic classic, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. As I sat through the film I’ve seen countless times–which I’ve previously solely focused on the the plot of his adventures–I was shocked at the new impact Ferris made on me at this important juncture in my life. Aside from the jokes and schemes Ferris is famous for, I found that I could make a lot of connections with not only him, but a majority of the characters in the film. Living through the last chapter of my Chicagoland suburb upbringing I felt the reality of the film immensely. With the great weather and summer fun fast approaching and Senioritis in full bloom, plus a nervous excitement of what the future holds in store, I become eerily familiar with a feeling that all seniors know.
“How could I be expected to handle school on a day like this?”
Sitting through classes is harder now than ever before. The talk of ditch days, Cubs games, and graduation combine to remind us that this is the last month where all of us seniors are together. With Decision Day informing us on everyone’s plans for next Fall, it is all sinking in at a alarming rate–the future is now. Some of the students we have shared eight years of school with we will never see again. Unsure as to how to spend these last May days, we try to suck in every last bit of LFHS’ senior traditions. Attending all the spring athletic events, paranoia–whatever it is–all seniors are trying to get that last bit of culture to hang on to. Much like Ferris, we find ourselves trying to spend our last days eventfully.
“As long as I’ve known him, everything works for him. There’s nothing he can’t handle. I can’t handle anything. School, parents, the future, Ferris can do anything.”
We are all in the same boat. Virgins to college, we are unaware and inexperienced as to what lies ahead. What the future holds is unknown; that is what makes this time in our lives beautiful. Even Cameron Frye makes the realization that in order for him to grow up and move past his problems he has to accept his fear and embrace it. We all have our own nerves for the future and if you say you don’t, you’re the liar. Big, small, fleeting, or time-consuming, these feelings are normal, and the journey of moving on and finding our path will be some of the best moments of our lives.
“We’ll have the summer. He’ll work and I’ll work. We’ll see each other at night and on the weekends. Then he’ll go to one school and I’ll go to another. Basically that will be it.”
This is where it really hit me. Much like Cameron and Ferris’s relationship, I’ve had the pleasure of knowing the same friends for most of my life. Thinking about not living a couple miles away is an unfamiliar thought. With all the memories and laughs we have shared what we know now and accept as routine is about to change. Inhabiting all parts of the United States and the rest of the world, it is going to be a foreign feeling for most next year. For the first couple of weeks we’ll try our best to keep in touch, but the reality is that it will be a lot harder to than we think. Thanksgiving will roll around, then Christmas, and before we know it the end of our first year away from LFHS. A change of perspective is good, though it may be hard, but in the long run what’s really important will remain a part of our lives.
“Life moves by pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around every once in awhile, you could miss it.”
From jealous siblings/underclassmen, to annoyed staff, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off hit all the social dynamics of senior year. Soaking up and enjoying any and every opportunity to be a high school student is worth doing, especially in this, our last month. Much like myself, others find themselves more than ready to begin their next chapter. However, it is May and this is the last time being able to call yourself a LFHS student. Soon it will be LFHS Alumni Class of 2017 and, soon enough, you’ll be indulging in a new part of your life. Enjoy these last few moments.