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  • When I get stressed, I get nostalgic. For me, nostalgia takes many forms, but the most pervasive form of nostalgia is nostalgia for my high school years. It still boggles my mind that I graduated high school nearly two years ago. I keep thinking back to all the end-of-high-school activities like the graduation ceremony and our prom.

    But why do I remember these particular days so fondly? Our graduation was performed with buckets of rain pouring down outside. Everyone was disappointed that nearly no one could watch us graduate. Our teachers weren't allowed to come because they would crowd the gymnasium. The affair became utterly sombre.

    And what about prom? I can't remember prom being any fun. We ate some food, we danced occasionally, and some of my friends sulked most of the time because of one dramatic encounter or another.

    The nostalgia doesn't come from the events themselves. It comes from what these events represent.

    I miss seeing my friends every day. I miss all my inspirational teachers and I miss getting good grades without fail. I miss feeling like I had a group of people who knew who I was and formed an opinion of me. I miss being in a smaller world.

    It's good that I'm somewhere else now. I'm glad that I've moved on past high school. I need to embrace the world I'm in now. That doesn't mean that I have to forget about The Prom.
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