I woke up this morning to the sound of the rain pounding on the roof of my house. I looked out to see a cloudy, gray sky, and everything looked gloomy. I could see the water dripping down to the ground from the ends of the leaves. The trees looked a little different today, but I could not tell what was different about them. I walked away from my window to get ready for school. As I drove to Heritage, I noticed that all of the trees were beginning to look different. Sitting at a red light, I took a closer look at the trees, and I noticed that the leaves were changing color. I got happy knowing that fall was approaching faster than I thought it was. Looking at the trees reminded me of my visit to the Potomac River last year. I remember how my siblings, and I were walking down the trail to the river. They would be in front of me and I would be way in the back because I would stop every 30 seconds to take a picture of the colorful trees. They were so pretty, and at the time, I thought to myself how happy I was to be there to see the beautiful transition from summer to fall. When I got to school, I went through my pictures that I took at the Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Regional Park (the Potomac River trail). One of the pictures that I took of the trees reminded me of the color change I saw today on my way to school. It reminded me of how us students went through a similar transition this past month as we entered a new school year, which is our last one before college. Like the sky, I also became sad at the thought of entering our last high school year before college. The bell rang for class, so I took one last look at the pictures before telling myself that I would go back this weekend or upcoming month to see the color change and transition of the trees like I will watch all of my peers graduate and start a new chapter of their lives this upcoming June at the graduation ceremony.
High School has been one of the most valuable experiences I have ever had. There were many ups and downs, but for the most part, it was a great experience. It is crazy to think about how much knowledge and experience I have gained from the past four years. One thing that has really stuck out to me is how I dealt with stress throughout the past two years. Two years ago, I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field and to help myself out, I would enroll into one of the medical programs at the Academies of Loudoun. I got to enroll into the Pharmacy Technology program, and I was so excited. I went into that program knowing that school was going to be a little harder than I had originally thought since I would have four core classes on one day, and the other day would entirely be at the Academies. However, I realized throughout the weeks how hard it became to manage my homework/assignments, my extracurriculars, and work whether it was helping my mom or dad with our two at-home businesses, or just doing things around the house. As I look back, I remember how I used to take pictures of anything whether it was the sunset or anything that was appealing to me. When I was told to bring in a high school artifact a couple of weeks ago, I chose to bring in a picture that I had actually taken the night before. I brought in a picture of the sunset. I believe that this artifact represents an interest of mine as well as who I am as a person. The picture represents my high school self in a way because I admire sunsets and see them as something to always appreciate whenever possible. This represents my time during high school because as school was very stressful for the past two years, I always tried to calm myself down and give myself a break by watching the sunset. It is such a valuable thing because it always worked for me anytime I was stressed, and it represented an interest of mine – photography. Throughout high school, I grew a passion in photography so as I was stressed, I knew that the best way to take a break from everything happening at the time was to go out and look at the sunset, which is what I did the evening before.
Crookneck squash… you are very unique when it comes to taste. Alone, raw, you do not have much of a flavor – you almost taste like nothing. You do not seem to please me with this because how could you be unique, but not have a taste? Well… after a while of pondering about you and your puzzling features, I think of you as air. One can feel it when it is windy, one can smell the sweet aromas it transfers throughout the world, one can hear it when it makes the leaves tremble, however, it is transparent to the cameras of one’s life.
Like air, one is not able to use all of the senses one possesses to understand the mystery behind objects like you. Like many things, one is not always given an easy path to take to make decisions or to unreveal the many mysteries one ponders about each and everyday. Like how you in one’s mind is intended to fulfill one’s desire of hunger, life does not always allow things to happen the way one intends for them to happen.
Nevertheless, you definitely enhance the flavor of a dish when you are added, making you discrete from others. You are complex. Your features have to be withdrawn in order for one to understand you, and for one to be presented with an opportunity to appreciate you. Therefore, you are great because what you have to offer is beneficial to another. Like air, you are mysterious, but what you have to offer is of one’s need.