How seniors choose their senior quotes
Seniors discuss the process they went through to choose the perfect parting words
A quote. A message that a senior may want to leave behind with the school. A reflection or a representation. Some seniors choose quotes based on their development throughout high school whereas others choose based on inside jokes.
Senior Apoorva Sirigineedi’s quote is “Todos sueña mejor en Espanol,” which means “Everything sounds better in Spanish.” She believes this quote represents her even though she doesn’t speak Spanish because she listens to a lot of Spanish music, something she and her friends find ironic and funny.
“The reason that was my quote was because I have this inside joke with my friends where I think Spanish is really cool and I listen to way too much panish music except I don’t speak Spanish, so I thought it would be really funny to put that as my senior quote because if you know me really well than people will be like ‘oh ya, that’s Apoorva.’”
Some seniors choose their quotes based on memories they have with their family and friends. Senior Jennifer Hull’s quote, “If you ain’t first, you’re last,” by the character Ricky Bobby in the movie “Talladega Nights,” was chosen because of her family’s love of the film. According to her, it’s something that she can look back on and remember all the fun memories associated with it.
“It kind of like reminds me of Monta Vista because of this whole idea that if you are not first in everything then you might as well be last,” Hull said. “It kind of doesn’t mean anything to me it’s just funny cause it represents Monta Vista.”
Senior Shiv Ansal’s quote has memories connected to it as well. However, it’s a memory that wasn’t always a pleasant one. According to Ansal, high school wasn’t always the easiest thing to handle. His quote is, “There is a beauty in the struggle” from the J. Cole song “Love Yourz.” To him, the song is about how there is happiness at the end of a journey, despite the struggle.
“Throughout all the pain and everything, there’s always a good side of things,” Ansal said. “So I related to that through high school and my stressful times throughout.”
Some seniors, for example, Cintia Vargas, forgot to turn in their quotes, not knowing when they were due. Although there won’t be a quote below her picture in the yearbook, she thinks her quote would’ve been something along the lines of, “The world is filled with nice people; if you can’t find one, be one.” She feels that the quote represents who she is as a person, a criteria seniors try to meet.
“I’m a positive person,” Vargas said. “So I would have liked that to be my senior quote.”