Senior Reflection


Written by guest blogger Shelby Colburn
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B eing a senior in high school is more than what you see on television. Sure, there are spats of drama, exciting love triangles, and even the occasional spouts of senioritis; however, there are other, more important problems to worry about that has left my classmates and me wondering about the future ahead of us. Where will we go once we are handed that diploma? Whom will we meet? Will we fulfill our aspirations? Will we fail? Right now, students face the prospect of never finding our dream career, let alone a sustaining job. We enter the world as we did when we were first born: scared, unfamiliar, and sometimes crying our eyes out. Yet, high school has equipped me with the materials necessary to venture out into the world with my head held high, and a determination to prove that I am not just some kid that will become the next “average” generation.

If there is one thing that I have learned in high school, it would be if you work your hardest, you will succeed in something. Yes, sometimes the journey to completing a task is as rough as a dirt road; but if you travel it right, your destination may just be a beautiful horizon. I know this sounds extremely corny, but it is extremely true. I have done numerous amounts of projects, tests, quizzes, and lessons that there is to be offered in high school, and let me tell you, it was all worth it. Although I studied my eyes out, burned my fingers with hot glue, and nearly pulled my hair out from all the stress, I still found my inner self within the long hallways. Not only that, but I made ever-lasting memories with the people around me. I made incredible friends, and I built educating connections with teachers; both groups helping me become whom I am today.

I know high school to most people seems as if it is just a vortex of hormone-crazed kids waiting to overthrow some sort of balance. In reality, we are all just individuals working to make something of ourselves. I have met artists, musicians, geniuses, and more in the corridors, all of which I know will influence society in the future. I remember my very first day of high school: a brand new freshman in an uncharted land, full of inhabitants watching my every move. I over exaggerate now, but back then, it was just as real as can be. Nevertheless, perhaps the very first influential experience that occurred to me came from a speech one of my favorite teachers gave: if you point your finger at someone else, remember you still have three pointing right back at you. That changed my entire outlook of school, and made me want to work my hardest. What is my translation of this speech? Do not blame someone else for your problem, or point to someone else to do a project, for you are just as responsible. Now, I could be translating this all wrong, and maybe this was just a way for the teacher to give us a random fact for the day; but somehow, I doubt that scenario is the truth, because let me tell you, this teacher does not give you a random fact without some lesson behind it. And I thank them for that.

"Right now, students face the prospect of never finding our dream career, let alone a sustaining job. We enter the world as we did when we were first born: scared, unfamiliar, and sometimes crying our eyes out."Because of all the lessons I have received from my teachers, family, and fellow peers, I have grown to become hardworking and passionate in everything I do. Not only that, there are so many students in my high school that are going to achieve greatness, and I have absolute trust in them to accomplish even the most hardest goals. However, like portrayals in Hollywood dramas, there are a few students that may not be so adamant in pursuing harder-to-reach goals. This does not make them horrible, lazy, or hopeless, like the characters in a teen drama, it just means they are not ready yet. It takes time to plan your future, and even then the blueprints can change.

Although reality and nail biting shows may seem to be accurate portraits of the average high scholar, I think they only bring to the surface the most dramatic times of a teenager. Even if some teens focus their attentions to something other than school or life, we all will eventually contribute something to the world in the future. Just think back to when you were a teenager: would you change anything, or better yet, is there not one thing you have not contributed to the world already, big or small? I hope to say twenty years from now that I would not change a single moment of my hardworking career in high school, and that I accomplished many dreams that I created as a senior waiting to graduate in just a few short months.

author About the author
Shelby Colburn
Shelby is a senior at Brewer High School, who aspires to be a writer in the future.

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