Growing up in a small town I attended the same school district all twelve years of my education. This definitely had it’s pro’s and con’s but overall my high school experience was pretty good.
Starting out my first year of high school I was of course scared, I was now at the bottom of the food chain in a new, bigger school. The friend group I was apart of had been together for about two years so we were pretty good friends. This group consisted of about five girls which I hung out with as much as I could.
One of the hardest adjustments for me was actually having to do homework and study. I had never had to do that in middle school and achieving all A’s was effortless. However I learned this the hard way, my classes were hard and required me to do work outside of class and study which of course I had never done before. Instead of developing these good habits I instead decided to mess around and not take my academics as seriously as I could have.
Because of this my GPA would forever pay the price, while I still graduating with a 3.4 it took a lot of work to makeup for my C’s I had earned in geometry and physical science. I sat on my phone through my whole geometry class and messed around with friends during science making those teachers think poorly of me and my work ethic.
Looking back I wish I would have not had the typical “immature freshman attitude” and would have taken my studies seriously.
My highlight and most proud moment of this year was making my varsity softball team. My school always emphasized getting involved and playing sports, which was great because it seemed to make me want to go to school more. Softball had always been a big part of my life but being able to play with the amazing juniors and seniors that year really sparked a fire inside of me for softball.
My second year of high school was overall my favorite. I began to go to sporting events with my friends like football and basketball games, which gave me the chance to talk to people from my school I wouldn’t normally talk to. I would recommend to all students that if your school has sports teams go out and support them, it’s an amazing way to show school spirit and meet new people.
My academics this year were amazing, it’s like a switch was flipped and now my academics became my main focus. One of my favorite teachers was my Algebra 2 teacher, he was so passionate about his job and it made learning in his class that much easier. He was super understanding and always made time to help us one on one if we did not understand something.
As spring rolled around it was once again time for softball, however there was a new coach which meant what had happened last year on my varsity team did not matter. She didn’t take a liking to me for reasons still unknown and ultimately I was placed on the junior varsity team. I of course was upset with this decision but I moved on from it and continued to play and have fun with my friends.
This year was the hardest for me academically, I was in my first chemistry class as well as pre calculus which I proved to not be the best at. It was challenging, while having to keep up with my 6 classes we had now had the pressure of the SAT in the spring which was emphasized as the test that determines your future(just an FYI you it doesn’t define you and retakes are available).
I had also gotten a job at a hostess at a steakhouse and worked around 15-20 hours a week which was a lot but I wanted to start working as soon as I could.
However that spring I embarked on an exciting trip with my school to Ecuador and The Galapagos Islands. The trip was a total of 12 days and involved so many different experiences that shaped me into a better person! My favorite activity was definitely snorkeling in the middle of the ocean alongside sea lions and penguins. If you would like me to do an in depth post on this let me know!
During this time one of my best friends was involved in a serious car accident, nobody knew if she was going to make it and if she did we didn’t know how good of a life she could live. Through her strength and the hard work of doctors she made it out alive, and I could not be more thankful of that as each day goes on.
When I came back from my trip I jumped right back into softball, while it was a rough season I developed an amazing friendship with my now best friend. She has been there for me through everything and having a friend like this in high school is an absolute must.
The summer following this school year was when I started applying to colleges! While this is a daunting and long process it is worth it and no matter the results you can at least say you tried it out and applied!
My final year of high school was all I could’ve wanted and more. It started out with football season, I made it to every single game and absolutely loved seeing all my peers every friday night and more importantly cheering my school on. I also in the winter time attending almost all my schools basketball games with my best friend which while I loved football season more, was a fun alternative.
By the time winter hit I had heard back from all the colleges I applied to, which was about seven, and I had been accepted into all of them. I narrowed it down to two I wanted and finally decided on the college I am attending now.
Once again softball rolled around and it was the best year I could have asked for, I was playing with all my friends and while we weren’t the best team we were super close and had loads of fun.
This spring break I went to Destin, Florida with one of my best friends and her family, we drove about 17 hours to get there and it was amazing. We had a condo right across the street from the beach and went there nearly everyday as well as going to a boardwalk and going dolphin watching.
It finally was here, graduation. It was an emotion filled day as we all boarded a bus and road over to the auditorium where graduation was held. After putting on our caps and gowns we lined up in the order we had learned previously that morning and it was time.
Graduation is by far an amazing accomplishment, all the years of stress, fun, friends, sadness, happiness, it was all worth it and here we were walking across that stage to get our diploma. It was the end of my high school career and the last time I would ever see most of these people again.
Cherish high school because it will go by quicker that you know it. Don’t be afraid to break out of your comfort zone and talk to new people and try out new things, high school is the time for trial and error. Be sure to put your academics first and develop good study habits early on so it will be easier when you have to spend hours doing it. Make high school count, make an impression on people and more importantly have no regrets.
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Happy Studying- Karla