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Things I learned as a senior in high school

My high school experience was nothing short of unique. I went from navigating through half of my experience on Zoom to spending my last full year back in the classroom. While I did not enjoy every moment of it, I learned quite a lot.
Megan Harding
As I move on with the next chapter of my life, I reflect on how the last four years went and what it taught me.

I remember my eighth grade dance and middle school graduation like it was yesterday. The cap and gown made me feel so sophisticated; now, I just finished attending my senior prom and am graduating in the upcoming weeks. 

Typically, people forget what is said to them at freshman orientation; and I truthfully do not remember most of what was said. It was probably something along the lines of, ‘Pay attention, do your work, everything matters!’ Here is what I do remember: Mr. Hamilton stood at the podium of the auditorium and said these four years would fly by in the blink of an eye. I locked this away in my head, because I wanted to reflect back on it after my four years passed. I must say—this was an understatement. 

I remember being terrified of my classes as a freshman. I went to everything I possibly could to mentally prepare myself for the transition. I attended an AP Bootcamp and took a summer course to prepare me for AP Human Geography. I was very intimidated. Looking back, I wish I would have spent less time worrying and more time doing. I could have been more involved than I was. I convinced myself that I was too busy drowning in my work, part of which was because I had a lack of study skills. I waited until the last minute to do the things I had to do, and spent all of my homework time doing the homework I actually liked (this was not a good process; I would use my time playing gravity on quizlet for a class I had a 99% in). 

After freshman year, I decided to tryout for the fall dance team because I had danced for the last 10 years and it was the only talent I thought I had. It took up a good portion of my time, which was good. I needed that in order to finally learn how to manage my time. Plus I had to perform in every home football game, which made me fall in love with the Sequoits and school spirit. 

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When the fall season was over I decided to move onto something else and apply for my first job at the little candy store in downtown Antioch—the best decision I have ever made! I was working long hours but the job skills I learned are something that I will always carry with me. 

My groove did not last long though; on March 13 of my sophomore year, I was sent home for the next year and a half. After the COVID-19 pandemic hit, I knew as the governor kept pushing back the reopening of school, the longer I would be cooped up at home. I had never really appreciated the little things that made high school fun: assemblies, football games, seeing my teachers smile or talking with friends. I promised myself that if senior year was back to normal, I would participate in everything I could.

After junior year was filled with a lack of motivation and sadness, I did just what I told myself I would do this year: I got involved. Junior year was the exact thing that motivated me to join the Sequoit Media program; I loved writing and being with people. I finally found the balance between my work and my social life. I had the opportunity to become the president of German Club, whose responsibilities were fun and did not overwhelm me. I went to every home football game and a variety of other sports games, both homecoming and prom and I spent my freetime working at my job or participating in other extracurriculars such as National Honors Society.

As I continue my education next year at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, I look forward to studying journalism, which passion I might not have ever found if it was not for my ups and downs of high school.

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Megan Harding, Tom Tom Staff
Megan Harding is a senior and this is her first year on staff. When Harding is not working at Something Sweet in downtown Antioch, she enjoys discovering new music, buying clothes and spending time with people who make her happiest.
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