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Tears, Triumphs, and Teachings from High School

With high school ending, I can’t help but look back and reflect on my time at LHS. All of my triumphs and all of my tears were not for naught. They taught me invaluable lessons that I would regret not sharing with my fellow Wildcats.

The time that I fell down the stairs at LHS taught me through my embarrassment (and sprained ankle) that a fellow Wildcat will always be there to pick me up (literally). Never underestimate the kindness of your peers. One day, when you need it most, someone will surprise you with help, a smile or even ice.

The time that I joined Future Business Leaders of America taught me that you might find your passion in the most unexpected of places. I joined FBLA, a club that most haven’t heard of, grudgingly. I had no friends in the club, and I didn’t know much about business. I picked an event where I competed alone, which appealed to me in no way whatsoever. I ended up with two trips to nationals, two new best friends and a college major. I found out that I love business, and I’m really good at it. Never be afraid to try something new, even if it’s outside of your comfort zone, because you just might end up with a newfound love or passion.

The time I spoke at Writers Week taught me that your voice is heard. People want to hear your ideas and listen to you. Never be afraid to use your voice because it has inherent power. Your voice can inspire others, help them and maybe even change the world. Use it to share your ideas, beliefs and passions.

The time I took jewelry making at LHS taught me that even when things don’t work out, you can still gain a greater appreciation for something. I was horrible at jewelry making. I broke saws, fell behind on projects and could not control the tools; it was a mess. I ended up dropping the class, but I did not feel like a failure. In the end, I tried something new and in the process, I gained an appreciation of art because I learned that it’s really hard. Take new classes and explore your interests. If they don’t work out, you didn’t fail, you just learned something new about yourself and the subject.

The time that high school was ending taught me that time is fleeting. There will be a time when you will no longer see your friends and peers every day. Connect with them while you can and cherish the memories you’ve collected with them along the way. Finally, never forget where you came from because while you were there, you probably learned invaluable lessons that you will use forevermore.

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