Friday, June 13, 2014

Love for Learning

Today was probably one of the weirdest days ever, for many reasons.  I really wasn't prepared for this to be the last day of school; I know there were many people that shared this feeling, and others who felt the complete opposite.  I just wasn't ready...I didn't get the chance to thank all the people I would have liked to thank, and it seemed like such a strange feeling to suddenly have to be cleaning out my locker, hand in my giant stack of textbooks, and spend my last few blocks as a student in Thomas Haney's great halls.

There was some work that I couldn't actually bring myself to complete - assignments that would have been so easy for me to finish in no time.  The thought of doing my last project, or writing my last test was astonishingly overwhelming.  It was almost like if I still had the work to do, then maybe I could trick myself into believing that things aren't actually changing, that high school isn't actually finished.  Honestly, a lot of my day ended up being spent playing tetris and holding back tears.

I would have liked for this last day to be neat and tidy - all work completed, thank yous & good byes all said, and to have happily experienced every last second as a high school student - but today was filled with confusion, sadness, laughter, and joy (also- water balloons, prank pizza, oil spills, crickets, and a bell that mysteriously rang for too long).  I've learned though, that life is rarely neat and tidy, and that's okay.    

Leading up to my graduation, I put a lot of thought into what these last 13 years have meant to me.  I thought about all the obstacles I've been faced with, the friends I've made, and the teachers that have helped me become who I am today.  I'm grateful for every second, for everything I've learned, and I'm proud of what I've accomplished.

In kindergarten, I remember realizing how much I love learning.  Over the years, school quickly became one of my favourite places to be.  For me, it was not only somewhere to learn new things, but also a place to meet new people, get away from medical stuff, and reach towards dreams.  I've been able to overcome so many challenges and still also reach my goals.  There are so many things that I'm grateful to have been able to accomplish, and I'm so thankful for the people that have been by my side along the way.

Now, having finished high school, I feel nervous but excited.  I feel prepared and ready to move on to new things, to pursue my passion for global health, to keep improving my leadership skills, to experience more of the world, and to have an impact on the lives of others.







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