I can still feel my mother’s soft, gentle hand as she held mine, walking me to the school bus. Now, here I am, independently stepping off into my senior year of college.
In my adolescent years, I counted down the days until the end of the school year for a long awaited summer break. I currently find myself praying that these moments to come in next few months will last forever.
Beyond mathematics, study skills and SAT prep, school has guided me on an exploration of finding myself and taught me more than I ever imagined. I have learned the values of friendship, the aches of heart break, the bonds of family and the splendor of the little things during these years. As I look back upon the years of education received, I have no regrets. That being said, I know that I have made mistakes along the way, but they have been transformed into lessons that have helped me grow.
If I were to give advice to anyone in their school years, enjoy the time in which you are presently at. Always continue to expand your mind, your inner circle, and your comfort zone. If you are struggling, put your energy toward making your weaknesses your strength and you will find success. Surround yourself with others that will push you to be the best version of yourself. Fill your cup with the ones that support you for who you genuinely are and slowly pour out any influences that are bringing you down.
Even after I walk across a stage in cap and gown in less than a year, I will never end my desire for knowledge. I have learned to be open to new information, vocabulary, and perspectives and that has influenced who I am today. School has not only guided me towards my passions in life, it has also led me to special places and people that have made my life full.
Writing by guest blogger Chloe Lyden. Photos by Mara Strobel-Lanka.