It's that time of junior year! Time to order a school ring.
This should be exciting because the ring is a symbol of the culmination of high school. A $300-$600 sentiment of the grind of the last three-ish years. $1,000 if you're feeling fancy and getting 10k white gold (wink, wink, nudge, nudge, Dad)
I had to explain exactly that to a few of my classmates. They had no idea that any type of expensive jewelry was supposed to have that sort meaning whereas I have been preparing for this since eighth grade when my brother got his school ring.
My friends in Catholic school began the process at the beginning of this school year, so I had been scouring my school's announcements for any sign of school rings ever since.
I'm all about it, the whole ring-represents-everything-I've-accomplished-thus-far idea.
That being said, I'd feel a bit more comfortable with the process if I could pin-point just one thing that does define my time in high school.
I am an athlete but not in the traditional sense. Yes, I am a serious runner. But Jostens, the school ring-masters (pun intended), only picture a running shoe with the words "Track and Field" emblazoned across the design.
I do love writing for my school news source,, so that leaves me putting "Journalism," which pictures a pencil and a piece of paper.
My high school identity will be determined by a pencil and a piece of lined paper, what a winner.
The funniest part is the conversation within my grade about what color stone to choose. Jostens shows the stones by birthstone. But traditionally one color is picked as the school color.
My dear school is still in its childhood as schools go with only three graduating classes. The first class of Science Leadership Academy voted and chose, to my knowledge, Carolina blue and black. It is usually just a light blue and either black, gray or white, whatever goes.
Many of the sports teams just go in their own direction completely, usually royal blue and white.
Anyhow, if I had played soccer since ninth grade or participated solely in the drama club, I'd feel a heck of a lot better picking a soccer ball or masks and picking aquamarine or sapphire.
But I didn't, so here I am feeling the same as many others in my situation — like I haven't done much of anything in high school that's enough to spend $300-$600 getting printed in silver. And I know that is not true because I sure haven't gone directly home at 3:05 or been free at lunch many times this year.
Get involved in everything, they said. Join clubs, they said. But they didn't tell me that I'd only get one or two small ring sides to qualify those clubs and activities.
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