There are two days that almost everyone fantasizes about when they're younger. The first is their wedding day (mostly girls for this one) and the second is graduation. As a kid in elementary school, you almost use the word "graduation" in joking fashion. It feels so far away that it's almost as if it will never come or at least won't come any time for a long, long time. It's the last thing on your mind at that point in your life, if existent at all. Middle school, to me, felt pointless. Obviously, sitting in a school learning something (or attempting to) is better than than sitting at home doing nothing for three years, but it's less about the academics in middle school and more about maturity and prepping kids for high school. Even still, you have graduation on your mind, but you aren't necessarily looking forward to it. You're just building toward it.
By the time high school rolls around, graduation is not only a goal but a point you desperately try to reach. I, personally, hated high school with a passion (read more about that in my previous post) and it felt like the time dragged by immensely. The work is different for everyone based upon their respective learning levels, but there's no questioning that it's difficult. You put up with your dreadful classmates and trudge through it all knowing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel: graduation. No matter how slow the time may go by, you know it's only a matter of time before graduation finally comes.