Well, it sure has been an amazing year hasn’t it?
Now, I introduced myself at the beginning of the year, but for those of you who don’t know I am Catrina Taylor, the senior editor of mynewtech.org. As senior editor I wrote posts about events and projects that happened here, there have been so many, sometimes this included interviewing some of you and taking pictures very awkwardly in the corner whilst you ate food or performed for a presentation. A sincere thank you to everyone who laughed with me while I crouched stupidly to take pictures, those who posed for pictures and staged candids for me to make the pictures look more authentic. This whole process has expanded my horizon in a truly unexpected way as I have met a lot of students I would have otherwise not ever interacted with and that alone has made my whole year. Along with the added life experience of having run a blog, I have met so many friendly faces and made memories with people from every grade level.
As sort of a tradition, I will end my year at BNTH with a goodbye post. Firstly I’d like to say that my time here has been honestly the best four years of my life. Even the worst of times were made great because of the amazing friends and staff members here; and trust me, there will be bad times. In your time at New Tech, you become an adult, and you go through a lot of adult things like family problems, college problems, life problems, and all of the above at the same time. Like Cameron did last year, I have a few “senior tips” for any students who read this, and a general wrap up of my four incredible years.
- Be prepared for change. Even if you have plan A, B, C…have a plan Z. There are going to be a lot of curve balls that will hit you and you should be as ready for anything as you can be. No body is perfect obviously, but if you surround yourself with the right people, they will have your back even when you mess up (it’ll happen) or get thrown down by whatever life will hand you.
- Along with the last point: if things don’t go your way that is okay. While being prepared is a good thing, somethings truly cannot be prevented or even thought of as an option. It’ll happen and you will make it through!
- If you believe you can do it, you will be able to. This sounds like the most cliché piece of advice ever but it is so true. Try to have a positive outlook on everything.
- You will have bad days. Bad days will sneak up on you and it is okay to let yourself be emotional, however, don’t let these bad days make a bad year.
- Your teachers care about you so, so, so much. Honestly all of the teachers that I have interacted with in my four years are some of the best listeners, advice givers, cheerleaders, and hype men ever. Having an adult in your life that you see as trustworthy, loving, and level headed (that isn’t a parent or family member) is really an incredible relationship to have. There are some things that you don’t really want to tell parents or family members, things that your friends will be too nice about, that you will need another friendly and loving person to go to. At New Tech the amount of people who have to talk to is vast.
- Enjoy the little moments. I know high school is about go, go, go and I have had a countdown to graduation on my phone since the beginning of the year, and now that the number on the screen is 2 instead of 189, things are so real. Thankfully, I can look back on my year fondly as I have made some incredible memories with people I truly care about. Whether these memories are just going to the movies, crying together on a bad day, or screaming while bowling (very, very badly) they have been some of the most monumental moments of my year.
- Grades are important but don’t let them destroy you. Something I have always struggled with is taking my time. Sometimes that grade or that test seems so life changing that you forget to take a step back and drink a cup of tea in a face mask. Grades are important, but your well being is just as important.
- Treat people how you want to be treated. The golden rule! This is constantly overused advice but you never know how your path will intertwine with others. It is better to be friends than enemies.
- Speaking of enemies: petty drama is literally not worth your time. I have had my share of drama, but let me tell you, now, none of the stuff from the past even crosses my mind anymore. The people I “didn’t like” when I was 14 have become some of my best friends at nearly 18.
- Some people say these four years in high school are the best years of your life. Make them great, but remember, you still have places to go, people to meet, things to do, and you can make the most of that. Your life in high school doesn’t define the rest of your life.
I am not exactly the best advice giver in the world but I hope that this small list will help you in some ways, it might not, but hey, I tried. As I say my final goodbyes to teachers and friends, this blog will be handed over to student(s) that I am sure will have an amazing time, and do an incredible job, running myNewTech.org. I wish the best of luck to all of the incoming freshman, to all of the juniors becoming seniors, and to all of the students yet to come.
To the class of 2017: the memes have been funny (dumb), our memories together will last forever, and our lives are just beginning. Congratulations to all of us, we made it!