High school is a time of great leaning. Not just academic learning, but also learning about one’s self as well. Personally, each year had a new kind of realization about myself and my peers. Freshman year I discovered that the high school wasn’t a big scary place where I would get beat up by a gang or burly seniors for standing on the “Senior Star.” Sophomore year I realized that my life didn’t depend on my friends and I reached out to new people. Junior year, often dubbed the hardest, I had the realization that I don’t need the approval of others to feel secure. I knew then that I could make my own path. In my senior year I realized that my grades and test scores did not define me as a person, and there are so many other qualities that make up who I am.
I was curious to see if my fellow classmates had similar realizations. The first person I decided to interview was my good friend, Stuart Kelso. Maybe he would have similar revelations that I did.
“Freshman year I played water polo. I wasn’t the worst kid but I wasn’t the best either. I really wanted to get better so I joined swimming. I tore my ACL junior year and I was devastated I couldn’t play. Like I said, I’m swimming on varsity to get ready for polo season. I realized over high school, and more specifically this year, that you need to put in the work to see the results. I had to really try and put the pedal to the metal if I wanted to get better. The phrase no pain no gain is something that I really appreciate and believe now..” (Stuart Kelso, senior)
Another person whom I was eager to hear from was Carlos Minetti. Carlos is a Junior at the high school and a Varsity Swimmer. He only feels at home when making others laugh and you can’t find a bigger Star Wars fan.
“In high school I just kind of discovered that it was true what they say about your friends changing. I mean, I know it happened to me. My friends may have changed, but now I have a good group of friends that I really feel close with and I am really happy about it.” (Carlos Minetti, junior)
Ryan Klein is a Sophomore at the high school. He is a fellow member of the CROYA Exec Board and loves making people laugh. There hasn’t been a time where I think this kid hasn’t made me, at the very least, smile.
“I don’t really know. I guess my revelation was the way I was feeling, if that makes sense. I was acting and thinking in a way that I didn’t like. I was being more pessimistic and not trying new things. It wasn’t the person I wanted to be. I took a step back recently and thought that this isn’t me and I should change the way I thought. Sinse then, I have tried to be more outgoing and optimistic and to become the person that I that I feel I should be.” (Ryan Klein, sophomore)
The fourth and final person I interviewed was Colin Kingsley He started off high school by joining varsity swimming and unfortunately broke his arm soon after school started. Colin is always cheerful and smiling and is generally a pleasure to be around.
“This year I learned to be responsible for myself and take charge. Yeah, I mean I learned that I can’t blame anyone but myself for not doing my work or studying. Another thing I learned was to make the most out of a bad situation. I broke my arm at the beginning of the year and I was upset initially, but then I try to not let it get me down. I just try to be overall more positive no matter what’s going on.” (Colin Kingsley, freshman)