However, I did graduate 4th in my class, but to me I sold myself short knowing that I deserved 3rd place and my lack of interest in school freshmen year was to blame. Besides destroying my GPA, my absence in school freshmen year did not help nurture the friendships that I could have gained. Surprisingly not, most valuable relationships are created during your freshmen year of high school and because I wasn’t around I couldn’t foster those relationships and had to feel like the new kid on the block during my sophomore year.
What I would have done differently now, would have been to take my freshmen year of high school seriously and take advantage of meeting new friends and actually enjoying my first year as a high school student. In my opinion high school was fun and missing out on my freshmen year shortened the amount of growth I could have attained both educationally and personally. I cannot take this mistake back, but I will admit that I learned a lot from this mistake. Overall, the effects of skipping class during my freshmen year of high school taught me some lifetime lessons. One of the lessons I learned is to value my education and the second lesson was derived from realizing that everything you do in life has an impact on your future and how the people around you pass judgment on yourself and your potential.
My final piece of advice, is to take your high school experience seriously. High school is one step closer to getting to college and becoming an adult. Misusing this opportunity to learn about yourself and who you want to be will delay your growth and your opportunity to be inspired. In addition, old habits die hard, so it would be best that you use high school as the stepping stone that will start shaping you into the person you want to be, instead of a period of regression that shapes you into a person you don’t recognize and into a person that is far away from reaching their dreams.