Light at the End of the Tunnel

You don’t have to be enrolled in all AP classes or have above a 4.0 GPA to understand that high school is a rough place. From freshman to senior year we have been tested- in and outside the classroom. We’re familiar with the pain of defeat, rejection, and heartbreak and have experienced several mental breakdowns due to work overload. We’ve had to juggle and prioritize homework, class work, busy work, community service, debate, student government, magazine, SAT’s and whatever else we do outside of school while still finding time for the things we love doing. There’s really no nice way of prefacing it to someone that’s about to enter high school. However, those of us who are graduating this year are living examples of people who have survived the most whip-lashing, horrifying, insane, memorable, character building, most awesome roller coaster ride of all time. We have lived through the adversity of high school and as much as everyone complains about it, we hold on to each of those memories and know that it was the challenges we faced that have shaped who we are. So my advice to people who are just beginning their high school journey: cherish every moment of it. And for the people whose high school chapters are coming to a close: we are living in a time where it’s very difficult to be a teenager- colleges have never been so hard to get into, schools have become much more competitive, gas prices are at an all time high, Facebook was invented, etc…- but we not only made it through, but we managed to find the beauty within all of the chaos and that’s what we’ll remember about high school- not the tests that we failed, or the parties we didn’t get invited to, but the friendships that we made and the lessons that we learned. As cliché as this all sounds, it’s true none the less, so wherever you are in your high school journey, I ask you to step back, take a breathe, and heed the warning of Ferris Bueller- “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”


One Response to “Light at the End of the Tunnel”

  1. betsy massy November 25, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    Cheers! for the insight. Very few folks really make the time to offer info that actually helps us girls out.

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