Although I am now a
senior in high school, confident and happy where I am, it takes time to find
your niche, your space where you can truly shine.
absolutely everyone, has talents.
High school is that
time of your life where you can really discover yourself, what you are good at
and what you are perhaps not so good at.
Even if you go into
high school expecting to be a basketball star, or getting lead parts in the
spring musicals, prepare to be disheartened at first.
You often realize
the immense amount of talent out there, and that you’re perhaps not all that
that you thought you were in middle school.
But the key to a
successful four years is NOT to be disheartened and lose interest in your
passions. Pursue them with vigor!
At the same time,
after a point you should realize that maybe things you thought were your
strengths may not actually be, but rather, you may turn out to be a star at some
activity you never imagined before.
There are, of
course, two different ends of the spectrum – those who are lazy and don’t want
to be involved in anything, and those who spread themselves thin.
This is virtual
suicide, and not only will you be running yourself up the wall running on
caffeine and not sleep, you will also lose your passion for those few activities
you hold dear to your heart.
And while it is
important to keep college applications in sight, never do any activity “just to
put on your resume.” Never do anything just for the sake of doing it, but
because you want to do it.
extra-curriculars along with academics and a social life can also be a
challenge. They are all important parts of the education process, and will all
lead you far in life, but it will undoubtedly take time and effort. Recognize
what all is important to you.
You will find your
place, just like I did. I’m now a high school senior. I moved to India in my
freshman year, and currently attend an international school.
Ninth grade was
perhaps my most challenging year, especially because I was in a new country and
I had to adjust to a new education system.
It was an entirely
new culture, and I’ve grown to accept it, enjoy it, and flourish in it.
I’ve realized my
talents in activities such as Model UN, vocal music, and volunteering, and have
finally found the right balance between these and my rigorous academics – and
spending quality time with my family and friends.
As I begin my final
year of high school, I’m happy and confident, doing things that I excel in and
that I love.
So be yourself, and
you’ll find your place to shine!