College, Here I Come!

By Larena Tannert

As my time at Westmont comes to an end, I look back on the unforgettable memories I made, and the wonderful people I shared those memories with. Similar to winning an Oscar, I’m up on stage trying to thank as many people as possible in a short amount of time. So many people made my four years of high school memorable, and to name them all would be nearly impossible. I wish I could go to every single student, friend, teacher, admin parent, and coach that I encountered during high school and tell them how much I  appreciate their presence in my life. 

I came to Westmont a timid and frightened girl, not knowing anyone, yet being too afraid to make friends. I leave Westmont a confident and outgoing woman, who loves to make new friends, and is never afraid to speak her mind. As much as I will miss Westmont, I am ready to grow elsewhere. That being said, my high school experience has taught me so much. It has taught me to handle intense stress and mental breakdowns (finals week), but it has taught me to expand my interests (journalism and baking club). I am excited to take all of my knowledge and carry it with me into college. 

I am so grateful for all of my teachers at Westmont. I especially want to give a huge thank you to Andy Evans. His dedication to his students’ education and his care for their well-being is genuine and inspiring. Every student needs a teacher like Mr. Evans in their life. The passion behind his teaching, as well as the constant laughs he is able to generate about the most boring topics is incredible. Room 58 has provided such a safe and joyful environment for me during my four years on campus. From drawing on the whiteboard to belting “All Too Well (10 minute version)” by Taylor Swift, the memories I have made in room 58 will be cherished forever. 

Overall, I am sad to be leaving Westmont behind, but I am excited to see what my future holds next year at Cal Poly. I can’t wait to go on and make new memories with new people in an entirely new environment. I will carry my experiences from Westmont with me as I further my growth in a different setting. All that’s left to say is: College, here I come!