Akshata’s Senior Column


I have been sitting in front of my computer for the past hour just thinking about how hard it is to write about myself.  If I’m being honest it still feels like I took honors world studies like a few months ago. The days at school felt longer than these four years. When I tell you they go by fast, trust me they do. 

Now I’m not the best person to give anyone any sort of philosophical advice on how to survive high school. High school is fun but at the same time, it’s going to suck at times. Maybe more than sometimes, especially if you’re one of those special souls taking 6 APs in one year. The one advice I got when I was an incoming freshman was: geT iNvOlVeD aS mUcH aS yOu cAn! That’s true to a certain extent, but there’s a lot you learn as you survive high school. 

I think the most valued skill I acquired at the end of these four years was mastering the art of procrastination. I mean it is really bad to put things off for the last minute, but honestly, I can’t think of a single assignment that I did prior to the night before it is due. This is a skill that I am especially proud of and will be utilized throughout my entire life. I learned how to chill to the extreme and not stress about most things, which is so beneficial.

This high school made me very tolerant. There are going to be times when you just want to pull your hair out because the person in front of you is walking slower than a tortoise or just attack the person who opened the door in your face in the hallway. Has that happened to me? Of course, but every time I took a deep breath in and letting it go. 

High school was filled with substitutes trying to pronounce my name and failing miserably, me walking into the wrong classroom all the time and cramming for tests in the media center right before the period. These past four years were weird, but in a good way, I had happy days and sad days just like everyone else. A piece of true advice would be to attend every high school event at least once, trust me you won’t regret it. The memories you make in high school are forever, just find your people and you’ll be fine. Peace out, Ames High.