Cutting the Ties


Reese Levine

Here, I have put my fingers on the keyboard and typed the first sentence of what could be my last column as a staffer of Mirador. Not even as Editor-in-Chief, as that title has been passed on to Liz Berndt and Kate Wolffe. Now I am just a bygone, shunted off to a corner by the new editors to live out the last few weeks of my high school life in peace.

This is not a problem confined to Mirador, however. All around Miramonte, students are starting to act like they’re a grade higher than they actually are. Juniors are more laid back and have begun to act like they run this place. Sophomores are already complaining about the stress of junior year, and freshmen are swaggering around as much as their small heights will let them.

Of course, I haven’t completely given up all the power and influence my position as a senior commands. I still have access to the Mirador Twitter account and Facebook page, and sometimes the new editors even ask me for advice. Sometimes.

It could be worse, I guess. If I wasn’t a senior, I might have to actually try at school, and not just maintain a B average. Which, with all the grade inflation at Miramonte, is not much of a struggle, but that’s a topic for another day.

But I know you aren’t reading this column to listen to me ramble on about how rejected I feel. What you really want to know is how I turned out to be such a successful person, and how you can follow in my footsteps.

It can be hard to believe, and the only case study I have to rely on is myself, but my advice can be boiled down to one line. Do whatever the hell you want to.

Maybe, if I had created my own million dollar business, volunteered my life away, and studied harder for the SATs, I could be attending some Ivy League college on a full scholarship. And yes, I am a little bit bitter that they all rejected me.

However, if I had done those things, I might not have had time to do what I wanted: ride my bike, play the drums, write some articles, and talk about the meaning of life with my friends. Because in the end, don’t we all just want to be happy?

I’m not making any guarantees, but if you take my advice, one day you’ll be safe and sound. As long as you love what you do, and dedicate yourself to it, you’re gonna go far, kid.