Time flies, huh? The countless amount of times I had been told to cherish high school while it lasted hadn’t become real to me until now. I’ve officially made it to the end of my last first semester of high school.
When I sat down to record my perspective on this somewhat-of-an-accomplishment, I froze. What was I about to reflect on? I left my desk and meandered around CVU, hoping to find inspiration in the halls I’ve spent most of my life in for the last four years… I then realized that was it. I have spent nearly 205 weeks (4,920 hours), (give or take a few days) in the halls, classrooms, and education centers of CVU each year for the past four years of my life. That excludes the time I’ve spent on my sports field and the sidelines of others.
Every new grade year in high school felt like a different life and that has become clear as I reflect. The first day of my freshman year was hair-raising, then on the last day, I walked out of the building with a feeling of freedom and independence. And every year after that I walked in with new feelings and impressions and left that school year with another new feeling to bring with me in my next cherishable “life” at CVU. Along with these perspectives came the adventures, people, and memories that were the concrete attributes to my results of each year. Every year was a completely fresh experience and time to gain control, attentiveness, and compassion for myself and the new people and tasks I was taking on. No matter what I had pulled forward with me from my previous “life”, there were always new ingredients added to my plate and that is what gave my high school experience distinction. Each year was so distinctive, it felt like a new life. And now I am halfway through with my last life here at CVU.
The basic aspects of life that people experience are placed in front of us in high school, providing students with the opportunity to grow and understand how we wish for them to play out in our lives. I was gifted the opportunity to create conversation, problem solve, collaborate, and learn leadership, along with a standard educational experience. It would be a typical senior statement to reflect on what I have learned in my classes here at CVU, and I don’t want to do that. I want to cherish the impact of every moment of my high school experience, small and large.
My most valuable moments of high school were the little intimate gestures I had with familiar and new faces. The simple hello’s in the hallway to my teachers and classmates turned into valuable friendships I have withheld to this day, and which have supported me and my decisions, allowing me to grow into who I am.
Every hand I’ve raised at CVU has deepened my thoughts and loudened my voice in my community, giving me the power to speak on my thoughts and interests with confidence.
Each experience that I have taken with me these past years, I have utilized to be able to take on the biggest steps of my life so far, which I have taken in this past semester. This semester was filled with highs and lows as I began my transition into college. It may just be the beginning, but as I filled out and submitted applications, I was indeed using all of the small and large moments CVU gave me.
I walked into this year with excitement knowing I only had one year till college, and now, with 21 weeks left till graduation, I am developing a feeling of disconnection. I know that soon I will have a slight disconnection from this place and these people once the memories from this school will no longer resonate in the building, and will only take place in my long-term memory. Time flies, huh?