Iâm a seventeen year old girl with stress lines. I stay up until 1 playing minesweeper and browsing reddit. I do every bit of school work at school the day itâs due. I skip a class every once in a while to sleep. I bike around after school. I go out every weekend. I go out most weekdays. I get 5 hours of sleep a night. I spend most time with my friends. I have a final next period and have accepted my failure. And somehow I manage a 3.67 GPA. Who am I? Iâm an end-of-the-year-senior. While Iâve been at Ames High, Iâve been involved with chorusbandmadrigalqueendramaclubjazzbandmusicalmarchingbandsoloensemblenationalhonorssocietyspectrumkeyclubshephspeechclubpepbandcookiebakingclubplayshomecomingcourtmarchingbandnationalthespiansocietypresident and others. Itâs taken up a ton of time but for the most part itâs been worth it. My advice is to pick a few things to be super active in. I chose way too many. It worked for me, but if you want any free time or any sleep, I suggest picking only a few. You can be great if you just put your mind to it. But donât stress out. Everyone will say that in their column, but I never took their advice. take a deep breath. Screw homework every once in a while and just go for a bike ride or do something for yourself. Get a good nightâs sleep. Stretch. Take an art class, but donât get behind on your assignments or the stress builds even higher for that. Iâm really excited to leave Ames and explore someplace new. If youâre going to Iowa State, good for you, itâs a great college, but Iâm ready to leave. Iâve spent the last 15 years in this town and Iâm glad to not be going here for the next 4 years. That being said, Ames is the greatest town in the world. I want my kids to grow up in Ames or somewhere just like it. Iâll be glad to come home for holidays and visits. Iâll miss this place. Iâll miss all the teachers and classes and friends so much. Iâll miss being a kid. Donât try to grow up too fast. It sucks. Iâll miss so much about this place, but I wonât miss Zeynab. :3 High school can realllllly suck, but you just have to enjoy it while you can. Soon youâll escape the petty awful world of high school drama. Just make it fun. Laugh at it. The only way I got by was making fun of all the bullshit that goes on in the social world of school. People are ridiculous, so choose your buddies wisely. If youâre an attention wh…seeker… then place yourself with others. Youâll get more attention that way. But do us a favor and leave the people alone who donât care about you. Iâve realize that our graduating class is the most divided class thatâs passed through. We all have our own thing and weâre all perfectly fine not communicating with people of âother groups.â As weâve grown, weâve branched out a little bit, but not enough to make a noticeable difference. I donât even know most of the people in my grade. I think theyâd all say the same. Iâve made some enemies with my attitude, but honestly itâs ok because Iâm just fine being me. I hope you all become just fine being yourselves. Love you, Ames High.