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Words to the Graduates: Breaking up is hard to do

Joined: 1/25/2011
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Dear High Point:

It’s not you, it’s me.

Okay, actually, that’s a lie. It’s you. It’s definitely you. But let me explain.

We’ve had a good four years. I’ll never forget the time that my friends and I hung out in front of the school and colored the sidewalks with chalk… and later got called to the principal’s office for the same reason. I’ll never forget the legions of inside jokes with friends, finding my center in Room 215, or staying up half the night to get AP Lang done.

Yeah, we’ve had some good times. And if there’s anything I’ve learned from you, High Point, it’s this: Don’t be afraid to take chances. Don’t be afraid to fail. I know, that sounds redundant, but let me reiterate: don’t be afraid. Laugh a little too loudly. Make a total fool out of yourself, especially when people are watching. Life’s too short to worry about what other people think. As long as you’re not hurting anyone else, do you.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a writer. So when I stepped into Ms. Strout’s creative writing class my freshman year, I was ready to break the mold—to better myself. But I was also terrified of reading my work, of putting myself out there. My work came off an inauthentic, and I barely improved. This last year, I took creative writing workshop. Still Ms. Strout. Still Room 215. The difference this time was I spoke up. I wrote a lot, and I read a lot. It was absolutely terrifying to give my classmates such a delicate piece of myself, but they were kind and constructive, and it made me better.

I couldn’t have learned that without you, High Point. Thank you, truly, for everything.

So now I’m sure you’re wondering: why move on? Well, I’ve met someone new. A college, actually. I’ll be headed there in the fall to study my dream: professional writing. A college degree won’t come without hard work and patience, but after four years of honors and AP English, I think I’m ready.

Don’t worry about me. I’ll be okay.
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