MY FRIENDS and I are almost looking forward to our exams this year. We might not actually enjoy them, but this is a special year for us. This is our final year in secondary school. Once we finish these tests, we're free. It's scary; we've been through almost 12 years of schooling! And here we are, almost free because, no matter what your counsellor says, everyone looks forward to the day they're out of school. Most of us are thinking about what we're going to do once we have our freedom. A majority, myself included, have applied to universities and it's just a matter of choosing the right one. Some others are taking the Gap Year; they're going to sit around and have fun for 12 months before doing whatever they want to do with their lives. One of my friends hopes to gain work experience in preparation for a career in business. Another has already mapped out his future: he knows which university and even the hall of residence he's going to, the programmes he will be taking and the sports teams he 's joining. The funny thing about my friends is that they may be your friends, too. If you think about it, you may have friends who are doing the same things. While some of us are worried about how we're going to stay in touch with each other, others are concentrating on just getting through the year. Teachers seem to have this ability to tell who is graduating and when, just so they can pile a little more work on us while we're still in school. And if you're entering Grade Nine (Form Three) this year, don't worry about it. Time goes by quickly, but trust me, those four years can seem like eternity .