Through the Eyes of a 2022 Senior

Article published at: May 17, 2022 Article author: Melynda Hensley
Through the Eyes of a 2022 Senior
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It's that time of year where graduation is in full swing! Rylee is the newest addition to our CFB team, but in a short amount of time, she has proved her worth in her wonderful work ethic and her ability to adapt to any situation we throw her in with a smile. Rylee works as a sales associate and cashier, but has filled in several times as a model and killed it! She is intuitive and works hard to fill any need that may arise. She is a rare find, and we are honored and thrilled to have her kind smile and sunny disposition at Cage-Free Boutique! The past couple of years have definitely been a trying time for any student, but to persevere in the face of adversity has prepared these kids to succeed no matter what obstacles they may face.

I asked Rylee to share with us her feelings on her first big step into adulthood, and this is what she had to say: 

It’s fun to hate something you’ll miss when it’s gone, and that something is my high school experience. I’m Rylee Sweat, and I’m a senior at Stephens County High School. I am a varsity cheerleader, an honor student, and I work part-time with Cage-Free Boutique. The past four years have been one of my favorite journeys, and I’ve learned so much about the world, myself, and all that life has to offer. 

I’ve been waiting for graduation day for as long as I can remember, thinking that the world would surely end before the year 2022. As I obviously progress, it is now May 2022, and I wish nothing more than for time to stand still. “Big-girl” life is intimidating, even after anticipation and preparation. I was told throughout high school that they were working to prepare me for life outside of my small hometown, but I truly believe that it was life outside of school that shaped me into preparing for this new chapter. 

Working at Cage-Free Boutique brought me a much deeper sense of life outside of school assignments and study-crunching. I’ve learned that small talk is more than a hello and goodbye, and a simple smile can change someone’s day. But most importantly I’ve learned to become a creative and determined person. The ladies at Cage-Free are a true image of how powerful and brilliant women can be, and I’ve gained a great amount of courage working here. 

With this, I’m ready to step headfirst into the “big-girl” world, grasping everything that I’ve learned the past four years. 

Graduation is scary and exciting because it signals the transition from adolescence to adulthood. And that first big step can be daunting, but we hope you remember to be confident in how amazing you are and how radiantly beautiful  your personality is to others. As you turn a new chapter in your life and enter the large, diverse world, there is only one "you" and no matter where you end up, share your sparkle with world, and life will never be dull. Rylee, you are a joy to be around, and we know that you will succeed at anything you try! Congratulations on entering the "Big-Girl" world, and where we may sad to see you leave us, we can't wait to see where you go! It has been an honor and pleasure to know you, sweet girl! The world is yours to conquer!



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