I’m running towards the finish line and with so much adrenaline I can only give it my all! For me, reaching the end doesn’t mean that it’s finally over; it means that another goal was accomplished. Since this school year started I had to work towards some sort of finish line every single day and almost every single weekend. Whether it was at cross country or track practice or competing at a meet, I had a goal to finish strong just about everyday. But this isn’t going to be about sports, running, or any of that, even though that sums up a lot of my high school years. I’m actually running (not literally) towards the finish line of high school, and for some people that line is different, but let’s just call this finish line graduation.
To sum up last semester, it was definitely how everyone said it would be. It was crunch time, days flew by, the week’s felt shorter, and rigorous deadlines seemed like they came the next day. The entire semester feels like a piercing alarm clock giving you a wake-up call. I first felt this way when early application submissions for colleges began to open. Now if you’re an underclassmen reading this, my biggest advice for you is to JUST RELAX. I overwhelmed myself at the beginning of my semester by rushing to try and get college stuff done all at once which happened to be one of the mistakes I made. Quick story, I rushed to get admission essays completed, recommendation letters, my SAT and ACT tests done, and other things you need in the college application process. I just didn’t realize that I had more time than I thought. After applying to my #1 college choice that I was confident I would get into because I had did the early application, I was actually denied. It hurt my soul! I felt like it was the end of the world and that I probably would never get into a decent college. But after talking to counselors and people who had been in the process before I gained the confidence to talk to the university again and find out what I did wrong. The only problem I had was my tests scores being low. So once I took time to slow down, relax, and re-take both tests, I actually improved tremendously, which was a HUGE confidence boost. In the end I was lucky enough to re-apply and I got accepted. Praise God!! A huge weight lifted off my shoulders.
I learned to set small goals for myself during my high school days. It is the easiest way to get something you really want accomplished. In sports, I started making it a goal to finish a complete workout at practice, then move on to running with someone who was faster than me, then setting time goals that I would run at meets. What I taught myself in sports is what I applied to my academics. So now, it is the final 100 meter stretch of the school year and I have no choice but to give it my all and finish strong! See you all at Graduation.