This letter is fictional and created by the author, designed to voice the concerns of LFHS students.
Dear Mr. Deering,
My name is Omnee Schint and I am a graduate of LFHS. I write to you today bringing to light an issue that I believe has and continues to go widely unnoticed. Students at the school carry themselves with a lack of confidence that is outrageously low. I’m aware that your previous articles present sets of issues involving what are said to be issues that many students will see. However, this is an issue that has yet to be addressed, and I feel that it would benefit all those who read.
The proof of lack of confidence in our school is that of a forest. When the highest trees overshadow the life underneath, those from the outside never get to truly see the unique nature of the forest. Let us not forget that although some trees may be tall, they all look very similar. The life underneath those trees is what gives the forest its character.
First of all, to those people who believe themselves to be the trees of the forest: Many of you are very kind people. There’s nothing wrong with standing out in high school. Many of these people seem to follow a template, however, and the lack of confidence is obvious within this group of people. Many of these young men and women try very hard to stand out and are succeeding. It would be nice to see kids find where they are truly comfortable, and in turn demonstrate confidence in who they are. If it brings you true joy to struggle fitting in, I’m happy you have found what you love. For those kids who struggle to “fit in,” please understand that this is a short four years. Besides your grades (and your arrest record, God forbid) nothing really matters now. It is not important to “fit in.” I’m aware that it seems like the end-all-be-all of social life, but it is not. Most of “fitting in” involves activities that will hurt you in the long run anyway. Would you not be happier doing things you loved? It is common to hear kids who fit in talk about how they hate everything: “I hate school,” “I hate this teacher,” or “I hate practice.” Let us not forget that as a child, the only thing you hate is dying. Everything you believe you hate is a product of your social surrounding. Please, break out from what you think you are. If you are able to notice the things that you yourself do not like, you’ll be able to become much happier when you accommodate your schedule with activities you do like.
I would now like to address kids who believe themselves to be overshadowed. People like yourselves are the ones who change the world around them. A forest isn’t considered unique because of trees; rather, it is unique because of the life that is unique to that area. These types of LFHS students seem to have a hard time realizing this about themselves. Imagine all the potential rendered useless due to things such as public image. Let us not forget that high school is transitory. Everyone who has gone through high school is aware that social life plays a substantial role in decision making. It is not, despite popular belief, the most productive phase of one’s life. Constantly worrying about what others think is a poor use of your valuable time. People who are unique should be expressing their unique abilities, and showcasing them to their peers without temerity. Be confident in who you are and what you do. Even if you have less opportunity to make acquaintance with others, the relationships will be more meaningful.
Long story short: the kids at LFHS need to work on confidence. Unrealistic expectations and goals for oneself are useless. Let’s start to set short term goals for ourselves. It is not bad to have a goal that will push you toward your long term objectives. Your life doesn’t need to be figured out in the next few years. Breaking away from things that do not make you truly happy is a good place to start.
P.S. As an underclassmen, I would say that I got wrapped up in public image. I still would express myself in some respects, but not nearly as much as I wanted to. I wasted my time worrying so much about parties, clothes, and joking around that I never offered my unique abilities. Anyone who feels that they might be in this position, work to find separation. Unless being social is truly the only thing you think you have to offer, it is time to be yourself. I would also like to say that there is nothing wrong with being solely concerned with your social image. I am merely saying that there are a lot of people who seem as if they would thrive in other areas. It seems as if the younger grades are doing a better job expressing themselves. I hope that a trend of being yourself continues.