How to Find the Perfect Senior Quote


An array of different Centennial Yearbooks together. Credit: Marjorie Hsu

Marjorie Hsu, Co-editor-in-Chief

If you’re a senior who hasn’t submitted your senior quote…then unfortunately it’s too late. But for those who will next year may wonder how seniors choose them. Many of them usually consist of quotes from songs, inside jokes, shows, or off the web. With all the endless choices, many seniors may be unsure of what to put as their senior quote, especially since it will be part of their senior yearbook forever. 

Senior Susan Cannella said, “I ended up choosing a quote from the musical Rozia’s Shadow, which is ‘This is the beginning and the end.’ I chose it because the musical had been one of my favorites. It’s also something important to me and Vivian [her sister] because it’s something we’ve both gotten into together. It’s kind of small, but we both really love it, the songs, the messages, and the characters,” she said. “So, I wanted my quote to mean something to me personally, so I wanted to choose something that I care about.”

Senior Naomi Jones said, “My senior quote is ‘It’s Naomi, not Naomi’ because so many people call me Ny-omi, and I would prefer them to say Nay-omi.” 

When asked how long it took to find her quote, Cannella said, “I spent a few minutes pulling quotes together. My ultimate decision did not take that long because I was talking to my parents and Vivian and was like ‘Which one do you like best?’ And they all liked that one the best so that’s the one I went with.”

Jones said it did not take long for her to find her quote. She said, “I didn’t know what I was going to do, but people were talking about senior quotes and people were like ‘Naomi, what’s your senior quote?’” Jones was then suddenly struck with the idea of her quote being “My name is Naomi, not Naomi.”

Cannella suggested that when finding a senior quote, “Don’t overthink it. I think that people are under the impression that it is a big deal, but at least for me all you need to do is choose something that means to you. It doesn’t have to be profound.”

Jones gave the same advice as she said, “I wouldn’t think so hard about it, just something that relates to who you are as a person.” 

Cannella added, “You could do a funny quote or a more serious quote, but it doesn’t really matter because besides the day that you get the yearbook and you’re looking at all the pages, you’re not going to be looking back at this all that much in your future years. And, people aren’t going to really remember your senior quote, they’re going to remember you.”