It’s Up to Me

By Blake Horton on September 07, 2013
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Everybody tells me, “Your senior year should be your easiest and best year,” but I just don’t know about that. I am very excited about my senior year, but I’m also scared of the trials that it’s going to bring with it.

I’m excited about the privileges, the last football games, and of course GRADUATION! Most don’t know until it is their senior year that there can be a scary side to it from grades, college applications, and the last few months of how you are going to say goodbye to your best friends that you have gone to school with since pre-school, or even that special someone you have.

I know because I go to a smalltown school with a senior class of 76 students where we all started together and we will finish together. Of course we all have had our fights, laughs and even tears, but this year will be the saddest because we all have our own path to take.

Excited for the next step

This year I want to accomplish many things, but the most important is getting my SAT and ACT scores high enough to get into the college I want to attend after high school. I know it might sound crazy, but I’m excited about life after high school. It will show what I learned through my high school career and show that I don’t have to depend on my parents or grandparents to show me the way.

Sometimes I feel like I can do the impossible and maybe I can. I have a favorite quote by Dr. Seuss I like to refer to sometimes, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.”

That quote reminds me that I am my own person, and it’s up to me to make my own choices and mistakes to learn from.

Always do your best

I plan to go to college, rent an apartment and get a job. It will be hard, but I have my faith, a strong foundation and knowledge that is ready to be put to use.

I don’t want people to have the idea that I’m a straight-A student, that I have the perfect family, or that I get what I want, because no, that’s not all what I have. My grades are in the B and C category, I struggle to keep my grades up, but I never quit.

I used to think that I could do okay my freshman and sophomore year of high school and excel my junior and senior year, but that was a mistake. Study each year like it’s your last because it does make a difference.

Don’t act up in class or get suspended because it may make you fall behind and, trust me, that isn’t something you want. I used to act up in class, but when I did get suspended I realized that my education was worth more than attention. So always do your best.

My family doesn’t give me what I want; I have to earn it the honest way through hard work. I believe that YOU can do anything you want, you just have to want it bad enough and work for it hard enough.

My senior year will be hard, but it will be fun because I have a great school with inspiring teachers, friends who will be there when I need them and a family who will stand behind me 100 percent.

I’m ready to take it all on.

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