Jacob Daniels: High school — make the most of it

Jacob Daniels For The Times Record

As the school year comes to a close, a lot of the seniors start to look back at all they have done in their school career: all the friends, and enemies, they've made; all their accomplishments and awards earned; all their experiences, good and bad. It is these moments in our life that define who we will become as adults. Something many people forget is how difficult it is to transition to an adult. 

Many of the students won't see their friends for a long time, if ever, and it freaks them out. Everyone in school, at some point, is asked where they see themselves in 20 years, and many can't or won't provide an answer because they are afraid of forgetting everyone they are so close to, or forgetting what they've done for themselves. Or, perhaps a painful memory will surface and cause a breakdown.

I for one am going to miss my friends. They were always able to cheer me up when I was down, or support me when I thought about doing something. I will also miss some of my teachers, which they would not have expected me to say, but what they may not realize is they play a big part in our future lives, not just because of the ways they taught us, or the lessons they were told to teach, but the little extra life lessons and bits of encouragement that they provide that help us feel better about ourselves and get through the day. Just them being them makes you start to wonder what kind of person you are and what should probably change. 

I will also miss the activities we did in our classes: seeing how elements and compounds react with each other in chemistry, playing games we've never heard of before in P.E., watching movies for a unit in literature or science. I was never really good at math, but it is essential in life, and it helps you learn skills like thinking outside the box.

There are, however, many things I will not miss about school. Such as the students I made enemies out of instead of friends; the constant nagging of teachers and parents; having all your friends change friends, leaving you alone or searching for new friends; the homework. These things and many more are, unfortunately, necessary evils. They harden our minds and spirits, making us tougher and more capable of surviving the outside world.

I find it funny how most people assume that high school was some of the greatest years of their life, but there are those people who hated high school, and we try believe these individuals don't exist. My mother disliked high school, and she actually had friends and people to do stuff with; some don't get that luxury. 

I think high school has a much bigger impact on our lives than we think, so make memories good ones; make lots of friends, including the loner sitting in the corner; and don't make stupid choices — you can have a good time without being a bad kid.