I’m saying goodbye to high school today, and it’s so bittersweet. This school saw some of my highest highs and lowest lows. I’ve made memories and friends I’ll never forget. While I’m sad to leave these comforting halls, I’m excited to see what my future holds.
Walking into the high school was intimidating. I felt incredibly alone and small in this massive school of 1600. I had a hard year ahead of me, taking all honors and AP classes. I assimilated to the workload quickly, but still struggled to find my place. I was heavily involved in the Theatre Company, Student Council, and my church.
Sophomore year was full of new friends and experiences. It was great at school, but a bit more difficult personally. My parents began the process of divorce, and I moved. I definitely grew through the difficulties and learned a lot. While I faced a significant amount of adversity, I’m proud to know it has shaped me. It was this year that I started my blog! I also began working part time, which was a nice brainless escape from my hectic world.
Junior year was one for the books. It started off a bit rocky with my family, but my friends were absolutely amazing. My classes were rigorous, but I definitely learned how to manage my time. I was busy preparing for college, taking and retaking my ACTs more times than I’d like to admit. I felt most like myself this year.
Senior year has come and gone in a flash. It was a rollercoaster of emotions. I can remember almost crying anytime anyone said “last first day!”. The beginning of the year was really difficult as I saw all of my friends beginning to part ways. Looking back, I’m glad to see them happier than they once were. I faced a lot of rejection as many of you know. It definitely strengthen and humbled me. I’m so thankful for the wonderful people in my life who dusted me off and helped me back up. I have changed tremendously from the anxious young woman I was waking into Norwin High School. Walking through those doors for the last time will be hard, but it’s a necessary part of life. In kindergarten, I made a time capsule to open after graduation. It’s crazy to think I’ll be opening it in four short days.
Next year, I’ll be attending the University of Pittsburgh studying Bioengineering. I can’t wait to see where this next year takes me. I am so thankful for those who have shaped me into the young woman I became over the past several years. This summer will be a great time to spend time with friends and family before college. I hope you all value your time in high school, and take time to reflect on the events that shaped you. I’ve uploaded tons of pictures below that encompass what the past four years have been like. People have come and gone, but you’ll notice many of the faces remain the same. It was with these people that I spent the best four years of my life.