If I had a nickel for every time someone told me high school is supposed to be the best four years of my life, I would have a lot of nickels.
As December inches closer and closer, I have one thing on my mind, and it’s not Christmas. I’m just another semester closer to finally graduating.
I have come to the conclusion that those people who have told me high school will be the best four years of my life are actually the people who peaked in high school. I remember the beginning of my freshman year, I entered school eagerly awaiting the opportunities that were ahead of me and ready to make an abundance of memories with my classmates.
Sure, I’ve taken advantage of opportunities and made memories with my friends, but if this is as good as my life will ever get, then I’m in for a very boring life.
Personally, I refuse to let high school be my peak. This doesn’t mean I haven’t had fun at times or experienced some of my best moments thus far, but I’m only 17 years old, and I know everything I have accomplished so far is minuscule compared to the things out there waiting for me.
I tend to complain to people often about how much I hate school, but that’s not a fair statement. Believe it or not, I don’t find myself bored at school most days. I love my education, but I think the reason why I despise high school so much is because it has nothing to do with learning anymore. Every day feels like a competition to be the prettiest, smartest, coolest or funniest person in the room. It’s exhausting trying to prove myself every day to kids who I won’t talk to or ever see again 10 years from now.
I see high school primarily as a resting point on the way to the real peak time of my life.
Honestly, I’m here to get a diploma and get out. In three very long years, I’ve learned and grown as a person along the way. I’ve had some of the best and worst days of my life, and I’ve experienced many successes and failures.
And this is only the beginning.
REGAN O'FALLON is a senior at Ottawa High School. She can be contacted via Assistant Editor Julie Barichello at firstname.lastname@example.org.