Many Star Wars fans have expressed how much Luke, like his father before him, liked to whine. I can admit that I have uttered, “But Uncle Owen!” in a mock-whine when complaining about something, and true Star Wars fans within earshot beamed knowingly. Luke really wanted to go to the Tosche Station to pick up those power converters, and his desire is well known in the Star Wars community. Throughout his years tending the moisture farm on the Lars homestead, young Skywalker was nurturing his dream to attend “the Academy” with his friends. This was something he could hardly wait another day for…
LUKE:…I think those new droids are going to work out fine. In fact, I, uh, was also thinking about our agreement about my staying on another season. And if these new droids do work out, I want to transmit my application to the Academy this year.
OWEN: You mean the next semester before harvest?
LUKE: Sure, there are more than enough droids.
OWEN: Harvest is when I need you the most. Only one more season. This year we’ll make enough on the harvest so I’ll be able to hire some more hands. And then you can go to the Academy next year….You must understand I need you here, Luke.
LUKE: But it’s a whole ‘nother year.
OWEN: Look, it’s only one more season.
…however, Luke’s Uncle didn’t want to let go of him just yet. Lately, I sympathize with Skywalker. ACTs, College Applications, stress…Tusken Raiders? The way I feel my senior year of high school must be how Luke Skywalker felt while waiting for the right season to leave the Moisture Farm to attend the Academy. Wanting to do more, longing for adventure that awaits beyond the twin suns of Tatooine–er, high school.
However, I also recognize how Luke, who listened to his Uncle all those years and diligently worked on the farm for “only one more season” time and time again, accomplished something greater than his dream of attending the Academy: He fulfilled his true potential as a Jedi Knight.
Does this mean I’ll be taking a Statistics quiz today, and fending off Stormtroopers tomorrow? Probably not. However, while I cherish the season that I am in, like Skywalker I can only strive to do my very best and anticipate what lies beyond the Dune Sea.