The four years spent in high school are some of the most influential years you will experience. Although being influenced is regularly associated with negative actions, it’s also possible for it to be positive. Most of the time, we don’t even recognize when it’s happening. This will be a small collection of some things that I have learned in high school, and that in one way or another, have had an influence on what my character has built in the past four years.
Who... are... you?
Quite obviously and literally I am Julia Bloomfield. I am 17 years old and a senior this year. But when I try to think of who I truly am, many things come to mind. One word that I always use to describe myself is eclectic* (click on the button above or further explanation). I am a collection of many things from many sources. I am a kid at heart. Yet, I still have an old soul. I love all things Disney, anything that has a retro feel, I can get down to any genre of music, I love to go on nature walks when its sunny and warm but I would always prefer a dark and rainy day where I can bundle up in blankets and watch my favorite romantic comedies. So I guess there is no direct answer from me. I am what my life experiences have made me. Since I have now had 17 years of experiences, that has made me many things. Even though this seems to be confusing, it actual makes life more simple. Having so many values and enjoyments in my life has made it easier for me to enjoy my time in high school and be able to join in on multiple different things and connect with several types of people.
- So, life advice #1: Do not let cliques define you. Coming in as a freshman the only thing I was originally involved with was band. Therefore, I thought that was my fate throughout high school. I would be the band kid who only talks to the other band kids and band is all that would make up my high school career. But eventually I learned that even if you have never even looked at the person before, there could still be a great connection lying under the surface waiting to be discovered. So do not be scared to step out of the box and try something new. High school is a great place to meet new types of people and try new hobbies and activities. Take advantage of all the experiences you can get and let them build you as a person. If you are lucky enough to do this all four years there is no doubt that you will leave high school feeling fulfilled and having little to no regrets.
The main point of this part of the assignment is what I take pride in. This time I found myself thinking of all the other people in my life instead of myself. So what I take pride in are my friends and loved ones and everything that they have accomplished. For starters, I am proud of my friend Alanah. This year she has learned to get over her fear of singing solo in front of an audience. Because of her performances in the school plays and the TWO solo numbers she performed she has amazed people with her voice. So for that, I am more than proud of her. I am also proud of my two friends who are Salutatorian and Valedictorian this year. Their motivation and dedication to actually doing all to most of their school work is quite impressive to me, especially in their senior year. Senioritis get SO real. Their high academic achievements are something they should be proud of and I am proud for them as well. I could go on and on about all the amazing things my friends accomplish but I think you get the point.
- With that being said, life advice #2: Make a good friends and don't let them go. The only reason I was able to successfully make it through my high school years without literally losing my mind is because of my friends. Without them I would have failed within the first week of school. Its always good to try and connect with people, and once you find the good connection, do not let that go. The worst mistake you can make is losing an amazing friend. In these four years you will learn that friendship can help with anything. It doesn't matter if you are in serious distress or just bored and want someone to occupy your time. There is also such a big pool of people in high school that you will find some of your greatest friends here. You'll be surrounded by them everyday while you're in high school, so don't take it for granted, you wont have the same opportunity again.
The Past: Run from it or Learn from it
This is the part of the assignment I have been waiting for. This question was what would you do differently, and my answer for this is actually simple. Nothing. I do not regret anything I did in high school. Without all the experiences I have had, both good and bad, I would not be the person I am right now, and I am more than content with who I am. When thinking about the past and regrets the first thing that comes to mind is the quote by Rafiki from The Lion King, "Ah yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, is that you can either run from it or, learn from it". This quote is one I used quite frequently, it gives me a positive outlook on an unfortunate situation. It makes me realize that even though something sucks, I still can learn from it, rather than run from it, and in the end grow even more as a person.
- Once again, here is the connection to life advice #3: Don't worry. Now if you're reading this and know me even just a little you know that this is completely hypocritical. I worry about everything. However I have gotten better recently. But the point is this, everything happens for a reason, good or bad. It all just depends on how you look at it. Just let life happen and don't worry about the bad things that could, maybe or possibly happen. If you focus too much on that you won't focus on all the good things going on around you. Then when it comes time for you to do this assignment, you will have too many regrets to write about.
From all of this the one main thing I can never stress enough is the importance of friends. They will be a main part of your success in high school or life in general. Cherish the time you get with them now because you won't have time like this with them forever. Without the people you see in the photos below and many more, I would not be who I am today.
Okay only one last thing, here are some links to songs and an original poem that carry some life advice that I find important. Especially if you're in high school. Sorry that its all Disney.