Closing Time

2019 Editions June Lani Tunzi

by Lani Tunzi

As the class of 2019 embarks upon bigger and better things, my peer group and I in the class of 2020 enter one of the most anticipated phases of our educational careers: senior year. With it comes the age-old question: What are we gonna do with our lives?

I don’t have an answer, but I have an approach. For starters, I’ve begun a senior year bucket list to try to adhere to the high expectations I have for this upcoming year.

I want to seek out the rumored fourth floor of our previously presumed three-story building, reachable only by an elevator that is restricted to students. I want to get a ride around campus on the dean’s golf cart that I’ve gawked at since seventh grade. I want the worst senior quote in the yearbook, one I will inevitably regret. I want to take my piles of collected notes and worksheets and study guides and pop quizzes and deliver them into the air at the very last bell.

As for what I will do after high school, I want to be content with the prospect that the answer might change many, many times. I don’t want to overcome fear of the future or the terror of post-graduation plans. What I want instead is to finally come to terms with the fact that fear is a necessary component of progress and be able to leave with my diploma, happily terrified.

I want to maintain the integrity of the student voice and yell, and protest, and do the right thing simply because it is the right thing to do. I want to further hallow the halls of ERHS for the students that roam them after I’m gone. I want to find a way to thank my teachers for the inconceivable acts of selflessness and sacrifice they’ve extended at every available opportunity.

I absolutely do not want to have any part in the planning or execution of a harmless, tastefully brilliant senior prank, (so don’t look at me when the prank is pulled)! I wanna play Frisbee with my friends at Eagle Rock Park, and go to shows at tiny venues, and eat burgers from Tommy’s after football games, and play, and laugh, and dance like kids do.

I want to be able to look back at the past 12 years of my life and be thankful for every good and bad moment that has accompanied me all the way to the ERHS graduation stage at Occidental College next June.

My list, I assume, will continue to grow just as I have, and as I’m able to cross off some of these items and make my way towards graduation, I know I’ll be thankful for everything I’ve learned and have yet to discover — especially as I count the days until leaving my hometown of Eagle Rock.
Lani Tunzi is in the 11th grade at Eagle Rock High School.