Ahhhh, high school, huh?
I could go on for days about all the different clubs and activities that I was a part of in high school but that honestly would be no fun for me or for anyone reading this because if that’s what I wanted to do then I might as well just copy and paste a resume here. Everyone knows that high school sucks. Way too many people say it’s the best four years of your life but I beg to differ. I very strongly beg to differ. It’s not like high school wasn’t fun by any means but it sure as hell wasn’t the best time of my life, take that from a freshman in college. Freshman year is intimidating as frick, sophomore year is cool because you’re not the babies at school anymore but you’re still quite far from graduating. Junior year blows because of all the tests and stuff but honestly, I sort of enjoyed all the writing tests, it could just be because I enjoy writing and missing half the school day to do a mandatory writing assignment? SIGN ME UP. Senior year is a blast, not only do you have a ton of responsibilities, BUT, you can use “senioritis” as an excuse to tell yourself that you’re really not this lazy! I might’ve overused that one but honestly, who cares? Personally, I think that the lamest thing about high school is that everything really seems to matter way more than what it actually does. I know that literally everyone who has ever graduated from high school will say that but truth is that the shit that happens in high school really does not matter. Don’t misinterpret this though, I’m not saying that flunking all your classes and crap like that is okay, for some people it might be but it isn’t for everyone. What I am trying to say is that getting a couple bad grades isn’t the absolute end of the world, you can bounce back from that for sure. Some students live for perfect grades, that doesn’t mean that you have to, and it definitely doesn’t mean that you’re less than those people by any means, no matter how much they may brag and show off. And, if you are one of those students who live for perfect marks, then good for you, keep up the good work and do your thing. Another thing that doesn’t matter is who you are and aren’t friends with. This is one of the shittier things about high school but it’s also one of the best. Not everyone will be a life long friend, but that doesn’t mean that no one will be. Always try to surround yourself with people who make all your laughs and smiles genuine, don’t worry too much about popularity and all that because if that’s what is most important then you’re not seeing the big picture here. But anyways, I didn’t intend on writing this post to give a bunch of advice but I already did so I’ll leave this post as is and start adding some pictures of my favorite high school memories (brace yourself, this already lengthily post is about to get even longer).
First (LAST) thing’s first: GRADUATION
This is my good friend Karen and I after our graduation ceremony which took absolutely forever but it was actually a lot shorter than expected considering we had over 600 students in our graduating class. I know, I know, it’s weird to think that Nebraska has towns of people more than 400, but it is in fact, true. Our school was one of, if not THE, biggest in Nebraska with about 2400 students. If you thought that high school was rough for you, try going from the basement to fifth floor in a 4 minute passing period with 2400 other kids trying to go a hundred other different ways. Keep in mind, only one staircase with upward traffic and about twenty kids trying to go down it anyways.
Next favorite memory would have to be the cliche Friday Night Lights.
This picture was taken at the homecoming football game my senior year. If there’s one thing that I do actually miss about high school, it’s the athletic events. I think that the only event that I never got around to going to in my four years was golf, everything else I either participated in or I made it to at least one event. Nothing against golf but it was always in the middle of the school day! I don’t even really care that it sounds weird because what high school kid cares THAT much about sports? Me and to validate it, I am a Sports Media and Communications major at my university soooo.. But anyways, all athletes had to have an activity card anyways so if I was gonna have a pass to get into all of my districts games for free, why wouldn’t I? I could do my homework at halftime or something.. or not, but still.
School dances are next up, I guess.
I don’t know if my boyfriend and I have EVER stayed at a school dance for more than about forty-five minutes, IF THAT. They’re just not really our thing. Personally, I only wanted to go and make an appearance so that there were pictures to take and Dan came because he secretly knew that’s the only reason that I wanted to go. Plus it was a sure fire excuse for us to eat at Malara’s. If you haven’t been there, you truly won’t know what you’re missing until you try it. The first dance that Dan and I went to together was my sophomore year homecoming and we of course, went to Malara’s, stopped by the dance for about twenty-ish minutes to see who won what and then we bounced to catch the second half of a Nebraska football game. That was pretty much our routine from then on. Malara’s for at least an hour, the dance for about half an hour and then home to watch a game or binge watch a show. This is the life for me and I’m glad that I have a guy who is perfectly okay with this routine too.
Pictured is a wonderful group of students that I had the opportunity to do a presentation with, covering a few of the many benefits of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). With this presentation, we were able to impact a large crowd of people who were against DACA even though they didn’t know what it was prior to our presentation. We also won a scholarship from this. Hands down, no doubt about it, the best thing about my high school was the DIVERSITY. At my school, there were students and staff of several different ethnic backgrounds, race, gender, sexuality, social and economic status, religion, political beliefs and more. I can honestly say that I think my high school might’ve been one of the most diverse in the state, I can also honestly say that I am incredibly thankful for that. The best way to learn something about a group of people or a person that you don’t know is to talk to them directly without any assumptions or stereotypes. I don’t think that I would have naturally learned this by going to almost any other high school in my state. Of course we weren’t the only school with diversity, by no means, but we did appreciate it and cherish it like no other. The diversity at my high school is special. Best of friends, twins, or both, there were no two people in the school who were the same.
Game Day, Game Day, Game Day
The only thing better than being in the stands, for me, was being on the field/court and that’s all I have to say for this one.
University of Nebraska Medical Center – High School Alliance
I cannot even begin to explain the experience that I had throughout this program without it being an understatement. I’ve never been a part of something through school with more ups and downs throughout. UNMC HSA presented me with so many amazing opportunities that no other program or organization could ever replicate. All that I can say is thank you to everyone who works to make sure that this opportunity is possible for the high school students in the metro, it’s truly an enriching experience that you won’t be able to find anywhere else and even though I did not choose to go on and study medicine in college, I wouldn’t have known that medicine isn’t what I wanted to do without having been accepted to UNMC. With that, thank you to everyone who impacted this program in a positive way, I can’t say thank you enough. Also, shout out to Mr. Peterson for encouraging me to apply!
Mission trips make good memories
Aside from school stuff, every summer I went on a mission trip with my youth group. I didn’t get to go on the first one because I was too young but I did get to go on the rest! First, we traveled to Gallup, New Mexico to serve the residents of an assisted living home for mostly Natives. This was so much fun for me because the residents were so interactive with us and they didn’t hesitate to ask us for help so we were always kept busy. The next trip was to New Orleans, Louisiana. This trip had to have been my all time favorite. NOLA was probably the most impactful to me and not only was I seeing the work that we did and how it was affecting the community, but also I could see the impact the trip was having on the people around me who were serving with me. Now, I could write about this forever but I’ll save it for another post in the future. In New Orleans we remembered the people of Katrina and we rebuilt homes for them and met a lot of people of the 9th Ward along the way. The next stop was Chicago, Illinois. Chicago was a lot of fun because it was the first time that we got to work with a kids program and even though we did get to meet two of the neighbor kids in NOLA, we didn’t get to hang out with them that much because we were working on a house but they were great and we did actually get to spend some time with them at the end of every day. In Chicago, those kids can DANCE! Having dance parties was probably the activity that they wanted to do the most. Lastly, we come to Lodge Grass, Montana. Here we were working and staying directly on an Indian reservation. (Yes, I know some prefer native and some prefer Indian but the tribe of Lodge Grass proffered Indian). This trip was amazing, it was the first that our youth group did through an organization, we went through YouthWorks. Because the trip wasn’t on our own, we were also working with a Methodist youth group from Texas. They were a blast but they loved to tease us about always saying “ope”when they say “y’all” just as much!! Regardless of all the “y’alls” it was a great trip and I’m to have had the opportunity.
Finally, here’s just some photos to look through from my high school days (yes, I know those days were literally less than 6 months ago but good and bad, they’re still in the past!