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Jessica M. on Senior Year, High School Confidential

My senior year was a failed attempt at trying to make up for four years of social life rain checks. I tried to make the most of my last few months in high school, but everyone else was busy planning their futures.

I have learned who I am and what I am capable of. I found that I have a personality that will change with the weather and that at the end of the day the only one I can rely on is myself.

My favorite part of high school was when it was over. The second I had my diploma in my hand I felt relieved to have completed this era of my life.

High school has changed me in numerous ways, but mainly in developing skills for survival in the ‘real world.’ High school has taught me to expect the worst in people so you won’t have to suffer letdowns or be pleasantly surprised when people genuinely care. It has prepared me for the way the world works; in a sometimes bias and cruel Darwinian fashion.

If I could change one thing about my high school experience it would be being a member of the Scholars program. The program didn’t help me get a scholarship and only contributed to sleepless nights and stress.

The advice I would give to teenagers who are about to enter high school is not to take anything too seriously. Don’t put too much effort in academics, friendships, activities or sports, but rather, scatter your effort evenly. This way your time will be less likely to have been wasted chasing a false expectation that could change at any given time.