Pride of the Sunshine!

February 11, 2013

Well, it’s been another Parent’s Weekend, and another winter storm (thanks, Nemo)…

but I’m feeling particularly warm this weekend, y’all!


That’s right, I’m feeling the Pride of the Sunshine!


This weekend, my dream came true! I was admitted to The University of Florida!!!

I’ve been dreaming of becoming a Gator since my sophomore year at Gould. For those who know me, you guys know how much I’ve been talking about this. Ever since we sophomores were introduced to College Counseling in the fall of 2010, I knew UF was the place for me.

And three years later, here I am. A member of the UF Class of 2017.

I cannot describe to you what it feels like to know that the school of your dreams has become a reality. It’s no longer if, it’s when I go to UF…

Wherever you are in your college admissions process, whether you’re a freshman or a fellow senior, I hope you might get to experience this feeling one day. It is such a rush to know that all of your hard work and effort throughout your time at Gould pays off. I know it sounds cheesy and all, but look at seniors around you, maybe (dare I suggest it?) me. I’ve worked so hard to put my best effort in everything I’ve done here at Gould, and my dream came true. Yours can come true, too.


So, case solved. Finances pending, I will be attending the University of Florida next fall.

Now what, you may ask?! See, once I lived through the glory of becoming a baby Gator and part of #UF17, I realized something: my time as a Husky is almost over.

Seniors, have we been rushing forward into our future and forgetting to live here, now, in the present? Sadly, for me, I think so. It dawned on me, almost four hours after being admitted to UF, that graduation is only ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTEEN DAYS away! 117! That’s it!

I only have 117 days left to eat smelly omelets at brunch, sit in my seat in Bingham, chill in Gehring, dance in Frail’s classroom, sit in the poufy chairs in the library, freak out over DC’s tests, roll my eyes at Tristan’s shenanigans in Holden, imitate Madame’s French accent, sketch in the Art Cottage, go on late night trips with Ollie, teach CPS at Sunday River, read crazy (yet interesting) books in AP Lit, laugh at Beano’s analogies in class, and spend time with the best people I’ve ever known…all of you.


With my remaining time at Gould, I want to spend it cherishing every smile, tear, laugh, teacher, and friend I’ve made here. It’s time to live in the present.


and with that…





7 Responses

  1. Greg Gilman Greg Gilman says:

    Congrats Zee. I’ll be sad to see you go. Remember to come back and visit us often.

  2. Avatar Kristen Kimball says:

    DItto, that, Mr. G. So sad, indeed. But more than that…SO STINKIN’ proud!

  3. Avatar Penley says:

    You are a rockstar!!!! Nice job bud!

  4. Avatar Katie Stack says:

    Live it up Zee – Congratulations!

  5. Jay Riley Jay Riley says:

    Woo-hoo! Great thoughts and helpful words, Zee… two helpful messages. You’re an ace.

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