A New Four Years Awaits

August is the month of inevitable goodbyes and exciting hellos. As the graduating class branches off on their different paths, friendships that have grown since childhood begin to ‘lax. And although high school sweethearts separate and diaper buddies learn how to be their own people, it’s important to remember that the faint silver lining is still there - new hellos, new relationships, new everything. No longer are you defined by your small little ‘burb, you are now a college student. You’re allowed to explore an almost endless number of paths that exist, and you even get credit for pursuing them.

“I want to be able to do everything I wanted to do in high school, without limitations,” said Matthew Lenahan, an incoming freshman at Saint Joseph’s University.

Lenahan, among others in the Bridgewater-Raritan High School Class of 2014 feel that they are going into college not blind, but prepared. The thing about high school is that it takes you in as a feeble freshman, then spits you out as a stronger senior. It just happens. You don’t realize when it’s happening, how it’s happening and even if it is happening. All the late nights on Sparknotes and pop reading checks seem like the worst things to happen to you, but once you let them happen, you grow.

Sign Up for E-News

“Without a doubt, I’m a completely different person than I was four years ago,” Lenahan said.

Four years later, we are no longer running around with schedules or asking if a three-ring binder is required. We begin to shape into our own selves. And right as we find our niche, and make our friends, and fall in love with life, the transition begins.

Lenahan explained that the transition may not be huge, but it will be rapid.

The transition might be one of the hardest things you will ever do. Did high school really prepare us for every single aspect of college? Did that AP test that we somehow managed to get a 4 on really promise that we knew everything there was to know about Environmental Science? Will we be okay?

Veda Pejaver, a rising junior at the University of Maryland and an alum of BRHS, majors in Physiology and Neurobiology with a minor in International Development and Conflict Management.

Pejaver was hit with the transition the first time her parents came to visit her at college after she had fully settled in. For the first time, the roles were reversed. She got to show them her own campus, her room, her area and her new life.

“I felt a strong sense of independence and confidence in myself,” said Pejaver. “Which is how I would say I’ve changed the most since high school.”

While the independence and confidence came in time, her strength in academics had already been pre-established, thanks to the only California-style campus in New Jersey - Bridgewater-Raritan High School.

For her and many others, the AP tests were what truly tested them. Advanced Placements and Honors might give us some premature gray hairs, but the work ethic and demand is what counts. The taste of a harder class only helps develop thinking skills that will eventually come in use for college courses.

August  is the month of inevitable goodbyes and surprising hellos. It’s more importantly the month where you realize that everything you’ve been stressing about since the moment you got your freshman schedule will be okay. At the risk of sounding even more cliche, the transition will be your lucky chance.

“You're put in a situation where you're away from your family, friends and all comforts, and it makes you look at things differently,” Pejaver said. “You develop your own view of the world and start to understand how you fit into that picture.”

In other words, graduates, you all are going to be okay.

Bridgewater-Raritan High School rising senior Natasha Mascarenhas talks about everyday events from the prospective of local students.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Upcoming Events

Sat, July 21, 9:00 AM

The Wayrick Gallery, Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: NJ Audubon Photography Instructors’ ...

Arts & Entertainment Green

Sat, July 21, 9:00 AM

The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster,

2018 Members’ Non-Juried Exhibition & Sale

Arts & Entertainment

Sat, July 21, 9:30 AM

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Nature-Infused Yoga Summer Series

Green Health & Wellness

Somerville Woman Arrested for Shoplifting from Macy's, According to Bridgewater Police Report

July 14, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Somerville woman was arrested for allegedly shoplifting more than $400 worth of merchandise from Macy's at the Bridgewater Commons Mall July 7, according to a report from Bridgewater Township Police.

Sara Morales-Silva, 51, was charged with shoplifting after she was found with about $435.04 worth of merchandise from the store.

She was processed and released pending a ...

Hunterdon Medical Center Program Saves Hearts and Lives

July 20, 2018

FLEMINGTON, NJ – Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But science shows that heart disease can be both prevented and reversed.

Hunterdon Healthcare, the corporate parent of Hunterdon Medical Center, offers the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease.

The program is nationally recognized ...

Somerville: Gallery Hosts Photo Society's 90th Anniversary Exhibit

July 15, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Arts on Division is presenting “Visions of Raritan Photographic Society – A Celebration of 90 years” from Thursday, July 19 to Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018 at the Gallery on Division, 15B Division Street.

The Raritan Photographic Society, founded in 1929, is the oldest photography club in New Jersey. The exhibit celebrates the organization's 90 years ...

Take Action to Reduce Debt

In our last article, we broached the subject of debt and the township’s reliance – or over-reliance – on debt to fund our yearly expenditures for items such as roads. So, ok, we want to reduce our reliance on debt moving forward, especially as the cost of borrowing is rising. What’s the solution?

Well, there’s no magic wand we can wave to suddenly end ...

Is the Mediterranean Diet Still the Best for Heart Healthy Eating?

The Mediterranean diet has long been the standard for heart healthy eating.  It is a diet that emphasizes olive oil, fresh vegetables, nuts, whole grains over refined grains, fish and plant-based protein over red meat, herbs and spices to flavor food over salt, and fresh fruit for dessert instead of refined sweets. The US News and World Report even named the Mediterranean diet its ...

Celebrate Summer with Freedom & Responsibility

Parents and students rejoice!

School is out and everyone can now experience a great sense of freedom. Kids want to be outside enjoying summer weather and; although it’s the most wonderful season for non-academic activities involving swimming, traveling, and hiking to name a few, let us not forget that summer loss is a serious long-term result of not opening a book or writing for eight ...

Unique Skill Set Offers Students an Advantage

One of our SAT prep students recently gained a lot of attention for being accepted to all seven of the Ivy League schools to which she had applied, as well as to Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) She has chosen to attend M.I.T. and major in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Of course, Diana had earned stellar SAT scores and had a most impressive ...

Rutgers Hikes Tuition, Student Fees for 2018-2019 Academic Year

July 19, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University Board of Governors approved a 2.3 percent hike in tuition and fees, as well as increases for dorm rooms and meals, for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The increase now brings the annual cost for undergraduate students to $14,975, which is $337 more than this past school year.

Student housing will increase 1.9 percent, and dining ...