I have learned a lot about myself this year. I have learned that there are things that I feel strongly about and things I wish I could feel more strongly about. Education is one thing that I feel strongly about. Being inspired by a teacher to divulge into a subject is exhilarating, talking to your friends about the meaning of life is mind boggling, and consuming yourself with a good book is always interesting. However, there are other aspects of school that are just as imperative to ones development. For example, extra curricular activities are great ways to open your mind to new things, meet and interact with new people, and work your mind in a different way.
Reflecting back on high school, there are a lot of things that initially I was hesitant to try. Luckily, with the push of my parents and encouragement from my friends I tried a ton of different things in high school and as a result, I have a lot of fond memories.
The balance that I was able to keep between academics, athletics, and other clubs and activities allowed me to have four amazing high school years. Some people have too much “fun” in high school and some people spend too much time on their academics to really enjoy their life in high school. I will strive to maintain this same balance in college. School will be even more intense at the University of Chicago but there will also be so many opportunities to get involved with the school and with the city of Chicago.
I hope to never lose my passion for learning and understanding the world and people around me. I shall leave you all with this final quote,