Prior to writing this essay, I sat down with my mom to come up with ideas on stories that have made me who I am today. That is when I realized I have made more personal growth in the past four years of my high school career that I have before this period of time. I am ending my high school career with more knowledge than I ever expected.
We reside in high school for four short years. To some four years seems a lifetime, but for a highschooler, four years couldn’t feel any shorter. And in my four years I can tell you what remained true; if you’re running late,take your time because you’re late either way and your gpa does not decide your destiny but most importantly, you are in charge of your future. These all turned out to be truths because we don’t know what we’ll be doing tomorrow, for some of us even in the next couple hours. Not having a 4.00 gpa doesn’t mean that you’re gonna spend your adult years scrubbing toilets at Mcdonalds. We spend so much time worrying about our futures and sometimes neglect the things that keep us sane. So I guess what i’m trying to say is that we all need to chill.
As a grown up, you cannot depend on other people to do things for you, you have to get them done yourself. I think the moment I realized I was finally growing up was the minute I saw my St. Brendan acceptance letter in the mail. My heart dropped the second I laid eyes on it, my throat dried, and I found myself at a loss for words. I stood completely frozen, reading my name on the card continuously. As I grasped the envelope in my hands, I realized that I wasn't just holding onto some random paper- I was holding onto my future. My future depended on this. At that very moment, I began to think about how I wasn't a little girl anymore, and that the inside of that letter would decide whether or not I had what it took to succeed. After hesitating for a while, I tore the letter open to find that I had been accepted. That was the exact moment when I realized that I was growing up- by being accepted into this school, I found myself aware of the fact that this was it. Four more years of hard work and dedication, then I'd be off to college, and after that, to begin a fresh, new life. In life, many different paths must be taken to become something, to be someone- to be triumphant. Growing up is one of those paths everyone must take in order to succeed- and I believe I'm doing everything in my power to become exactly that-
Thinking back to Freshman year to now, as a senior, the mindset I had made a drastic change. What I thought was important then is now not so important now, from my values and goals to my mindset in life. One wouldn’t think they would change over a short four years until you take a step back and think about how you have changed.
My life hasn’t always been the easiest. In fact, I have gone through a lot for a typically high school student. Most of the things I went through, a lot of people haven’t. Yet, nobody is perfect right? In those four years, you may learn scholarly wise, but you also learn to grow up real quick. These four years in high school really made me think about the person I used to be, who I am today and who I want to be in the future. Your high school years really are the most important years of your life.
When people start high school they’re usually so excited. They can’t wait to experience everything that comes with being in high school, I mean who wouldn’t? Everyone says that high school is the best four years of your life. Now that I’m months away from graduating, I can’t say they were my best years but I can say they were my most educational years, of course I wouldn’t say that they weren’t fun because they were. When I say educational, I mean I’ve learned so much about myself and so much about life. I learned what the words family, love, betrayal, law and life meant. All these events changed me, and I’m glad they happened because I wouldn’t have learned all these lessons. My personality hasn’t changed; I’m still a carefree girl,
Everyone has heard or been told, “high school is what you make of it.” High school is in fact what you make of it, but it is also the time of great change in everybody. Entering grade nine you still feel like a kid, your post-secondary and career choices are far from top priority. However, by grade twelve we become more mature and grow into young adults. Personally looking back to my grade nine self and comparing her to my grade twelve self of today, I am able to see changes in my character, my athletics and my goals.
Since Elementary School I’ve changed a lot since I came to Middle School. I have a lot more friends that I had back at Elementary School. It’s a lot more fun here too than Elementary School.
Personal growth is inevitable for a teenager going through high school. As much as my freshman year self didn’t want to admit it, I knew walking into the doors freshman year that my life, and myself, were going to be different when I left Lowell High School. Throughout my high school career I watched myself change, becoming more confident in myself and more curious about the world around me, but unable to pinpoint why that change was happening. I still had the same friends, did the same sports, and had the same hobbies as I had all throughout high school. After some deep reflection, I realized that I didn’t just wake up one day, suddenly more grown up and mature. It happened slowly throughout my junior year. And why it happened? Junior year
I want to tell you three ways i’ve changed since I came to middle school one way is the way I act the second way is how I dress and the last way is how I work.
Throughout my high school years I have learned that growth comes from experience. Through mistakes you learn what not to do, through struggles you learn how to rise above, and through high school I have learned that hard work really does pay off. I have been an honor roll student for the entirety of my high school career which has led me to many opportunities
The year of 2012, I entered Red Oak High School as an adolescent who was fearful to walk down the hallway. The individual I was my freshman year compares nothing to the individual Red Oak has shaped me into today. During each passing day of my years as a student at Red Oak High School I failed to recognize how much had transformed me. The community, teachers, and coaches have formed me into someone who’s ready to strive and fulfill goals.