~est. 2006~

Ask AC: How's the Empty Nest Gonna Be?

Feelings, emotions run high as big brother graduates, leaves for college


Story by AC Drennan | Social Media Editor & Reporter



With the school year coming to an end, that means many different things. For most, it is summer, vacation, and relaxation. But for others, it means time to get ready to move on to the next chapter in life.

I’m AC Drennan and I am a freshman here at Boyd, soon to be sophomore. My brother, Jackson Drennan, is a senior this year, and he will head to Texas A&M University this fall.

Jackson is the oldest child in my family, and this is the first time we will experience a feeling of almost empty-nest. Honestly, I don’t think I’m ready. As excited as I am for him, and as ready as I am to have some more room in our house, I know I’m going to miss him, like a lot.

Don’t get me wrong, we’re not some weird siblings that always get along and never argue, believe me, we do. However, I think it’s going to be weird not to have him come home from baseball slamming doors, and for the first time, I think I might actually miss hearing him yell at his friends while playing video games at two in the morning.

Change is difficult for many, and the change I am about to experience is far less than what he and many other seniors are about to go through. I can only hope everything goes well for him. He is about to be torn from the place and people he’s been with his entire life and told to find a new home, new friends, and a new life, but not to leave his old one behind. It’s very strange to go from living with someone, seeing them every single day, to maybe getting to see them every few months. But it’s important to look on the bright side. College is full of crazy, exciting, and even scary experiences that happen nowhere else, and are life-changing.

I am excited for my brother. I can’t wait to see the fun he’ll have, to see how much he’ll change and grow as a person, and to watch him figure out who Jackson Drennan really is.

For the first time, the end of a school year means more than just time to relax, then move onto the next grade. Someone in my family is going to be moving away. Something, I am lucky enough to say, has never happened to me before.

Change can be tough, but to fight it would be ignorant. It is a part of life. There’s no way I can avoid this, I can only make the most of what is to come. Good luck, Jackson!

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