Earlier this week, I attended my nephew’s high school graduation ceremony. Needless to say, it has been many moons since I’ve seen the long yawn of a football field and it felt a bit bizarre to be packed like (yes) sardines into a set of entirely too uncomfortable bleachers for too long of a duration. But I would be remiss if I didn’t admit that I unabashedly enjoyed the entire experience. First and foremost, my nephew is a bona fide superstar (Waitago Cullen!). As his class’s co-valedictorian, he gave a speech that kicked so much proverbial butt that it brought tears to my eyes. Was I that poised, humble, and forward-thinking at that age? Definitely not. Beyond his achievements, I was impressed with the student body as a whole. They seemed so mature. Inspired. Confident. Whether or not they were actually prepared for the journey ahead, they appeared ready and jazzed to take on the challenge. It gave me hope that they’d succeed in carting these positive, go-getter attitudes along into adulthood.
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Like most bookworms, Alexis Burling has loved reading since she could crawl. She has worked in the publishing industry for over a decade and has reviewed both children's and adult books for prominent media outlets such as teenreads.com, Publishers Weekly, and the Washington Post.
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