Senior Perspective: What High School Taught Me


Sarah Valdez, Co-Editor

My teachers and high school have taught me more than I can ever express my gratitude for. I didn’t just learn how to write an essay or what SOH-CAH-TOA can do for me.


  • Lesson 1: I learned that I am more than just a number in the system.
    • Coming into a school like ours, especially as a student new to the district, can be difficult. Although our school is relatively small at just under 750 students and staff members, it’s easy to feel alone or separate. The personable and kind teachers at NMHS helped me to discover my own potential as an individual, and not just a small piece of the puzzle.  


  • Lesson 2: I define and set my own self value and nobody can take away the experiences that I’ve had as a student and human being.
    • As young students, we sometimes feel like our worth is determined by others. What we fail to realize, though, is that we have to define our own success and reach for it.


  • Lesson 3: It is perfectly normal to feel overwhelmed.
    • Especially as a junior and senior, the prospect of going away for school or getting a job can be really stressful. Everybody is equally as stressed out. It’s okay to take time off to reassess everything to make sure that you’re making the best decisions for yourself.


    • I’ve realized that most adults don’t even have it figured out and that, for the most part, we are all faking it. If you don’t know what you’d like to major in, remember that you still have time to decide.


  • Lesson 6: No matter how long it takes you to find, EVERYONE has something for them.
    • I’ve found new passions through Model U.N. Club and Journalism class. I am passionate about reading and talking to people and making connections that I need to go out of my way to make. These are activities that I wouldn’t have found any other way. You might find your place the first day of high school, you might find it in college, or even after that.


  • Lesson 7: You don’t have to be serious and rigid 100% of the time.
    • By acting serious all of the time, we add unnecessary stress to our lives. Being yourself, uncensored, is perfectly acceptable.

With these lessons, I hope to move forward successfully. I am eternally grateful for the opportunities and lessons that my school district has provided me with and can confidently say that I am properly equipped to face the world. Thank you NMHS!