I know exactly what you’re feeling. High school definitely isn’t easy. Whether it’s homework, a project, or exams, there always seems to be something to do. Days always seem like a constant process of going from one class to another. Weeks begin to fly by, but before you know it, your high school years are done and dusted. As a freshman, four years probably seems like a painfully long time. As a 7th Grade student, six years undoubtedly seems like an eternity.
As someone who has spent six years at Summit, trust me: it isn’t.
Before you can even say “Discern, Articulate, Serve” three times, what once seemed like a never-ending onslaught of homework in 8th Grade will turn into the question of “What happens now?” as you stand on the gym stage at graduation as a junior classman. During your junior year, while holding a hot melting candle that’s burning your hand, you will be pronounced as the next senior class of Summit Christian Academy at the graduation ceremony. While this thought may be more exciting for some than others, at the end of the day, the majority of juniors can all agree that the moment came quicker than they expected (or wanted.)
Even if it’s true, why is that important?
Here’s some senior advice: “Enjoy your high school years!” They will be long gone before you know it, and you’ll wish you had listened to my advice.
Go sit with the student section at homecoming. Dance the night away at Soirée. Crush another class during Battle Cry Week. Chow down on pizza with friends during your class party. Enjoy high school. Whenever an adult asks you the same recycled question, “What grade are you in?” you will typically get the same reply when you answer. “You’re a junior? Oh, I remember those good ol’ days back in my time! I wish I could relive them all over again…”
If you haven’t caught the reoccurring theme, most adults wish they could travel back in time and relive their high school/college years. Why? In high school, you will make memories and bonds that will last you a lifetime. Almost every adult remembers enjoyable or life-changing moments during high school. If you don’t slow down and enjoy the time you have now, you’ll never make these memories. If you don’t take the time to interact with your classmates, you’ll never make the friends which you will keep with you for a lifetime.
That all sounds great, but can I even do that at Summit?
At Summit, you have the opportunity to do this more than at most schools. With classmates more inseparable than white on rice, you are bound to meet people who you will keep in contact with long into your life. As a 7th Grade student, there were two seniors who mentored and supported me during my first year of Summit. I still keep in contact with both of them, even though I am the senior now. I haven’t even mentioned my class yet.
While you should focus on your academics, always remember that high school is a time in your life where you are growing and changing like never before. High school is a time where you are with your friends daily, and a time when you are able to do things you may miss doing as an adult. No matter what it seems like, school won’t last for an entire lifetime. What will last for a lifetime are the memories that you make here with your friends, as long as you slow down and enjoy the moment.
Like Winnie the Pooh once said:
“What day is it?” asked Pooh.
“It's today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.
Written by Matt Nalls, Senior, Summit Christian Academy