I’m bleary-eyed just thinking about the fact that a stage of my life is almost complete.   I’m always hesitant to confess to the fact that my…

I’m bleary-eyed just thinking about the fact that a stage of my life is almost complete.   I’m always hesitant to confess to the fact that my experiences in high school have changed me, and that what I have learned as a high school student goes beyond the syllabus, so to speak. Hesitant because outwardly, I love complaining about this experience. But my teachers are right. Deep inside I really do feel that my experiences in high school have changed me forever.   There are certain things I regret to have happened during this experience, but without those awful experiences, where would I be? In order for us to learn what our strengths truly are, we must confront what makes us weak, what holds us back; only then can we rise above the challenges that come in life.   My sophomore year was the most difficult year to cope with in high school, both personally and academically. There was simply too much going on and I overestimated my own abilities to deal with what was happening. But it is that experience I look to frequently because it is the one I have risen above (with help, of course). It is also the experience which drives me, to this day, to help others who have been in similar situations.   I know that beyond my experience in high school, more challenges await. But I don’t want to live constantly in fear of what may happen.   – Allyson