High school can be tough, but its worth the effort
Published 2:09 am Tuesday, June 16, 2009
For those of us too old or too embarrassed to remember much about high school, this weeks graduation of area high-school seniors revived some good and not-so-good memories.
Lets begin with the good ones: sports, girls (or boys), flirting, parties, hanging with friends after school or on weekends, getting our drivers licenses and first cars, sneaking into movie theaters, sneaking out of gym class, hitting the beach to surf or play volleyball on the last day of school before summer.
Hmmm. Anything else happen that was good?
Are you kiddin?
English, biology, chemistry, French, calculus, typing (yes, some of us took typing)?
Thats what we thought, then. Our goals were to glide though class with the least amount of energy and be satisfied to pass by the skin of our teeth.
What a waste.
Its funny, isnt it, how time tempers what we found so disagreeable back then?
Though last week belonged to our areas graduates who worked long and hard to receive those caps and gowns this message is for current high-school students.
Its impossible to know today, but some of you will look back 30 years from now (or much sooner) and realize what a tremendous gift high school was, and that youll never get it back.
Some of you will realize that in your zeal to escape the schools confines, you cheated yourselves out of an invaluable experience.
Dont make that mistake. In addition to Friday night football and basketball games, social events, weekend trips to the beach, and so on take time to hit the books.
A lot of you have already figured out the value of knowledge for the sake of knowledge and for A grades, to boot and thats because youre already smarter than some of us were when we haunted our high-school campuses.
And maybe you wont get A grades, even if you try your hardest. Thats OK. Do your best, enjoy what youre learning, and good things will come of it.
There arent many do-overs in life. Graduating from high school is certainly a laudable goal, but what you get out of those years will last you the rest of your life far beyond the cap and gown. Put effort into it.
Youll thank yourself 30 years down the line.