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Maryland Classroom: For Students, Intent Night Signals the Beginning of the Journey to Self-Discovery

By Shannon Walker, Senior, Pocomoke High School, Worcester County

I’ve been planning for college since I was in middle school, but it never really occurred to me how nerve-wracking it is to actually be starting the journey. Planning for college is a complex thought process that involves much more than just thinking about where you want to go to college. It is a time to really start figuring out what you want to do with your life, where you want to be in the future, and what career path is best for you to pursue. As the philosopher Lao Tzu once said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one single step.”

Intent Night is such a special night for all of the senior class because that is the night where we get to share what schools we got into. This is our night in the spotlight, our chance to celebrate what we have worked so hard to accomplish these last four years; the night when where we get to show our teachers, friends, and families that we are ready to embark on a new journey that will make them even more proud of the adults we have become. Intent Night is also the time that those who have supported, guided, and mentored us along the way get to see how all their hard work as paid off in an amazing end result – our college acceptances.

To be moving on from high school is such an emotional event. We are leaving a place where we have built friendships, where we have learned what we know today, and where we have created countless memories. This is possibly one of the greatest moments in our lives so far; knowing that we are finally going to be able to forge our own paths and discover our true identities. It is only just the beginning of the rest of our lives. High school was our foundation, college is our framework, and from that we build our futures.