Are you ready to graduate high school? 

Yes, we're happy to be graduating and getting ourselves out of this wretched situation. They take people at their most vulnerable time of their lives and put all this unnecessary stress on them. It's a recipe for disaster. If one thing doesn't get you, all the insurmountable work will. And our high school smells. In one hall it smells like stink bombs, the cafeteria smells like rotting food and the science area smells like dissected animals. [School makes] you feel like livestock. It's just a pecking order.

Leif: Can't wait to get out. The rules they have are pointless. At lunch you can't even go outside. They won't tell you why, but we can't go outside. It's all these pointless rules. We're treated like children so we get no respect. Dana: I'm ready to see the world and not what I've seen in high school. But I don't want to bash them because the teachers and the administrators did an awesome job. I'm just ready to move on and see the broader picture.

Nasser: Sure. At this point I'm ready to take on my responsibilities. It's not just school, but it's parents and also the place society has placed high school students. And all the stupid rules. I've gotten to the age where I can make decisions for myself. I got two days suspension for smoking a cigarette and I'm 18. I don't feel the need for anybody to make my life decisions for me. Manami: He's a little more negative than I am. I'm just ready to further my education. They're not able to give students the individual attention they might need.



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