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.