Four years ago, graduation seemed like a distant thought to me, but now it’s literally right around the corner. Throughout my high school career, I’ve learned so much at NMHS and I’m glad my experience here was worthwhile.
Freshman year flew past me like a blur and I never knew how much I enjoyed it. It was the first time I ever felt like I had a bit of freedom to do as I chose. I didn’t join as many clubs and activities as I had hoped for, but my time in the Community Service Club meant a lot to me. I put others before myself and it was one of the best decisions I ever made.
Sophomore year was honestly one of the harder years, but I’ll never forget the great memories I made. The Electron Dance Project with Mrs. Smith will always be fresh in my mind, despite the fact that it was the most uncomfortable thing I ever did. But also, this was the year I joined The Lance and I have no regrets about this decision at all. I loved the idea of writing and because journalism was different in comparison to all other forms of writing I have done, it was an adventure waiting to happen.
Junior year can only be described in one word – painful. It was difficult trying to balance out a new job and school work but somehow, I managed to do it. There were countless times when I felt like giving up and letting senioritis hit me in the early stages but I remembered I didn’t develop a strong work ethic for nothing when I was younger. So I powered through and was rewarded with amazing experiences like Junior Prom. But as soon as junior year ended, I knew I was one step closer to being thrown into the real world. It didn’t stop me from being excited.
As for senior year, so much has happened this year I don’t even know where to begin. I became the Editor-in-Chief for The Lance with 2 years of experience under my belt, I was the first National Chinese Honor Society President, and I even sat first chair for the 2nd violin section at the Spring Concert. There were probably more memories I made over the course of this year that I forgot to mention but nonetheless, these seemed to be the ones that stood out to me the most.
I want to thank all of my teachers for shaping me into who I am today and I will forever be grateful for all my time working on this newspaper. Now, on to my next adventure at Fairleigh Dickinson University! I’m so excited to see what is in store for my future but I would like to remind myself and everyone else graduating one thing: once a Knight, always a Knight!