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  • Writer's pictureGrey Chapin

Version Three

Today would be my sister's 18th birthday. This is one of my imagined versions of her as an adult.

What’s up!? Today is my birthday! I’m 18! Now, I can vote, get a tattoo, and go to jail!!! I better be careful. This birthday is a little bit of a reality check that I need to start preparing for college. I will be living alone, no parents! That is exciting but scary. I don’t know if I’m ready. Luckily, I won’t be too far away. I’m going to the University of Miami! Go Canes! I think I will be very happy in Miami. My grandparents say it’s a party school… but what’s wrong with that? I’m all about having fun. High school has definitely been fun. I haven’t played any serious sports, but I go to almost every game at school and cheer the teams on. It’s going to be weird leaving Lake Highland after 14 years. All my friends are here. I’m having them all over tonight to celebrate my birthday! 100 people are coming!!! It’s going to be so fun. It looks like most of my friends and I will be going separate ways after high school, but we are already planning ways to see each other. First of all, we want to go to Mexico for our senior trip. And, we all want to study abroad in Florence sophomore year! I know I will make new friends in Miami too, though. I have never had a problem with that. That’s what makes me most excited about college, making new connections. I don’t know what I’ll be studying yet, even though eeeeveryone keeps asking. After college, I think I’ll go live in New York City. No matter what I decide to do with my life, I will be able to find opportunities there. I’ll travel as much as I can, and maybe end up back in Orlando. I have no idea. Right now, I’m just going with the flow and enjoying my last months of high school.


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