A tale of frustration: the hunt for the perfect senior quote

December 11, 2017 — by Pranav Ahuja

For the past few weeks, I have been moonlighting as Indiana Jones.

My quest: the hunt for the perfect yearbook senior quote.  

I’m not alone. How do you encapsulate your last four years in high school, much less your whole life in one single sentence?

And, even if you do find one, there is a chance that it will be deemed inappropriate and not allowed in the yearbook. Despite all this, I entered my hunt for a senior quote with my head held high.

I originally thought I would write one about my punctuality, or lack thereof, and would have just put “better late than never” as my senior quote. But after seeing my friends’ quotes and memes online come up with so many other interesting ideas, I immediately wanted to make mine more “legendary.”

First, I tried doing a partner quote with fellow senior Akhil Marimuthu. My quote would’ve said “Surely you can’t be serious,” and his quote would’ve said, “Yes, I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley,” a famous set of lines from our favorite movie: “Airplane. Unfortunately, we soon realized that since my last name starts with “A” and his with “M,” it would make no sense.

After that, I moved on to quotes from my new favorite rapper: Big Shaq. Unfortunately, I soon found out that one of my friends was already using the ones I had in mind.

Finally, after hours and hours of research, I came across the perfect quote from my favorite TV show: “Archer.” But once again, a certain individual who I shall keep anonymous decided to submit this quote at the same exact time I did, so I quickly retracted my submission and went back to the drawing board.

After another day of thinking, the senior quote deadline was 20 minutes away. I had drained my brain of all of my ideas, and I couldn’t think of anything else. What did I choose?

You’ll have to find out in May.