I like my senior high school and senior year because this is the period I rediscovered myself. Though laced with a lot of conflict between me and the teachers and parents I eventually came to appreciate their efforts to model me to be the responsible citizen I have come up to be. In my senior class I came to like my friends that we used to play basketball with. The most exciting thing about the game was not only the winning but also the allure of the opposite sex that came along with the game. It was a critical and exciting time that I had to blend my work with sports, friends and academic.
I had to be sober enough not to wallow in miasma of bad relationships with both girls and boys. We (basketball players) were essentially the heroes in the school. Our classmates envied us and thus we were their role models. In addition, those of us who manifested academic excellence were given praise in all spheres- both academic and in sports. The senior year was equally challenging and at the same time very exciting. My parents wanted me to build my career in medicine while I wanted to be a lawyer. They of course gave their advice but it was never an end by itself. The most exciting thing here was the fact that they treated me as an adult.
They did not command me (the way they used to) to take whatever they said but I had the freedom to take whatever I strongly felt was appropriate for my future. At last I was given the mandate to shape my entire future; this gave me a nervous sense of responsibility. Teachers too gave us work and let us plan for ourselves without making unnecessary follow up. They ensured that our responsibility aspect of life was built to a level that we could hand our assignments in time without failure and at the same time mingle with friends. Having been given freedom by parents and teachers I was free to choose what was right and wrong.
Some friends who smoked and drunk tried to influence me. Of course I had a puff once and found out that the whole thing brings about discomfort and even wondered why people enjoyed it. I decided to keep off from any of my friends that used drugs-though it was a painstaking decision. The most exciting thing that came up from this decision was that I was awarded the award of the most disciplined student in the senior class. This had a great impact in my future life since I recognized that indeed today’s decisions are tomorrow’s reality. These momentous experiences make my senior class year one of the most likable academic year.
Courtney from Study Moose