Growing up, none of us ever thought about a graduation day. I remember all I wanted to do was be an adult with a job who was in charge of his own life. I wanted to be able to control everything I did. I couldn’t wait for the day when there was no more bed times and no more curfews. But now, it’s those times that I am going to miss so much.
Going into high school I had no idea what to expect. I am the oldest in my family and of all my closest relatives. It’s safe to say I was a little nervous. However, football had already started over the summer, so I was already adjusting to the faster pace of high school.
When orientation day came around, everybody began to realize how silly things were back in middle school. Everybody was in different groups, and there were no longer “cliques.” In high school, people realized pretty quick that you could be whatever you wanted. There were no longer kids acting like hooligans to fit in. If you needed extra help, teachers were always there, but you needed to take the incentive. Responsibility increased.
While things started to get more important, there was still ways to be happy. Students gained a lot more independence. I could take interesting classes instead of the classes where it was a daily struggle to stay awake. I could engage in something not only interested me, but also my classmates.
Outside of the classroom, sports were a major part of what made me who I am today. I would have considered myself one of the shyer kids in the grade coming into high school, but getting ready to graduate I feel comfortable in almost any situation. Sports allowed me to build a confidence level that no lesson in school ever would have taught me. I’ve learned that I have to make sacrifices in order to get the group or team to succeed.
The biggest lesson to learn is that life is about more than just you. I realized that some of the happiest moments I’ve experienced is from seeing the happiness of others. My most memorable moment in high school was travelling down to West Virginia for the Appalachian Service Project to help build and repair houses for the poor. Seeing how different our situations were made me realize just how lucky all of us are to be living in Duxbury. Never once did I ever consider what it would be like to have a caved in floor that could break at any moment. When we lose power for even a few hours, we all complain. Some people live their whole lives without electricity.
Now that I am graduating, I want to do all that I can to better the lives of those around me. I have become so close to my class as a whole, and realizing that I may not see 75% of the grade at all over the next couple years is a shock. The moments we made together will never be forgotten.