High School Artifact

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.

7 thoughts on “High School Artifact

  1. When you talk about high school being a valuable experience it just reminded that you’re right. And how we all get stress and a lot of other negative things from high school, there are great parts of it that other people don’t get to experience. I also really enjoyed how when you said “It is such a valuable thing because it always worked for me anytime I was stressed, and it represented an interest of mine – photography.” It’s really cool how you found this passion and stress reliever from photography because it is something you can take with you to college and use for the rest of your life if need be!

  2. I like how positive the ending was despite how stressed you were with all the hard classes you were taking. High school is also a time to learn your limits, and you really did learn them during your time at two schools. It was smart to make a choice of taking a career related class in high school so you could know if you wanted to pursue it or drop it. Thank you for including the picture.

  3. I could relate to the beginning of your blog, I have also been stressed with school and it was hard to balance my work when I had theater. Although, theater has taught me good lessons, so I am appreciative about it and I do not think too negatively about it now. I also have a passion for photography, and whenever I’m stressed I like to go outside, take a minute admire what’s around me.

    1. Thank you for your comment!!! I like how we have something in common, and that is that we both admire the outdoors and photography. I think there’s two sides of photography: the side that enjoys the outdoors, and the side that enjoys technology as well as art. I think I enjoy the outdoors more because there’s so much to admire out there. I hope you had fun in theater!!

  4. Even when high school is stressful, I agree that it can leave you with important lessons. Learning how you handle and manage that stress is important for your entire life, in school or not. I loved how you focused on the positives that you gained from high school, and how you were able to gain a life-long hobby through it.

  5. I really liked your blog post! I reflected the most on these sentences, “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.” These two sentences really made me reflect on how my years have been through high school. I am sad and happy thinking about these ups and downs. I think I have learned a lot and I love that you and me both dealt with a lot of stress throughout the past few years. I am glad that I have gained so much wisdom throughout my year and I am glad you have too!

    1. Thank you for your comment!!! I am pleased that you felt the same as I did about the past four years. I think it is important to always think about a positive when there is a negative in life, and I am glad that we were both able to do that. I hope you and all my fellow seniors have a good last year at Heritage!!

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