As the day's go by and we get older and older, I can't help but remember the first day I met my graduating class. It was a scary day starting middle school, two 5th grade classes combining to create one huge class of 6th graders. I'd known most of them, but I'd be walking the halls with almost all new people. In the mind of a 11-year-old , that's terrifying. I'd decide that year I wanted to join the band. I'd make friends that some, I still have to this day like. I could say without a doubt I hardly have any memories of middle school, because it flew by so fast. It was also a sad time, because unlike elementary school, you didn't have one individual class for the entire day, so I grew distant with some of my closest friends for the time being. Graduating the 8th grade made everyone feel like a baddie, you would be at the bottom of the totem pole again, but nobody cared, you'd be up there with the big guys. First day of high school I have no memory of , probably because I was petrified it would be so scary. Point being, it's crazy to think that we've all came this far. We used to freak out over what outfit to wear to school the next day, or how we're going to fix our hair, now 80% of us wake up 15 minutes before the tardy bell and rush to school, not giving caring at all what we look like. Some of us revolve their lives around studying and what score we're making on some standardized test, just have fun. Everyday each of us get more anxious and more thrilled about the thought of finally getting to leave this school. Enjoy it. These are the moments we need to cherish the most. Soon, you'll be walking along the sidewalks of an entire new UNIVERSITY. Sure you'll know a few people there but it'll never be the same as high school. You won't walk up to the front doors of your school to see Coach ed directing traffic, you won't have a break to buy Mrs.Clark's cookies anymore, no Coach Vinson calling you Sally or Jim Bob, all these bittersweet things gone in a second. Friday nights will never be the same. You'll still have college games on saturdays or you can still come on Friday nights if you'd like,if you don't have classes. But you won't be a part of the student section,the band section,the cheer team,the football team, whatever it is.
Saturday, 9/10/16, I went and visited Cheaha State Park with a few of my close friends. It took maybe an hour and a half to get there but it was definitely worth the drive. My friend Caroline is definitely an adventure junkee like me , so it was a blast having her there. We started our journey at 3pm and didn't get back home until around 10:30pm (quite long, and tiring.) BUT, I have to say,the view after the hike and drive up the mountain paid off in the end. It was a well spent day with friends ending with a meal at IHOP.
Sometimes it feels like the entire world is plotting against you. For the past few years,it's like everything in my life has happened completely different than I had imagined or wanted it. Things go good and its like life throws a random curve-ball at you. Whether it be losing friends, the loss of a good opportunity, making a bad grade on an exam, it's up to you to make it through the situation. I've learned if you don't expect to get everything you want in life, you'll become more appreciative of the small things. You are writing your own story, significant things will happen only if you work for those certain things you desire. Work hard always to accomplish your goals, and don't give up because you didn't achieve what you wanted on the first try. From the youngest age , society gives you a standard to live up to and tries to teach you what happiness and success is. There's this huge "American Dream" everyone shoots for that the social media has us pumped for. It has us imagining these amazing ideas and images of what success looks like, making us think it's an easy goal to reach. If we allow the rest of the world to define what you need to achieve to be successful, we're allowing them to define what we need to be happy. You are the pilot of your life, make sure YOU'RE taking control, because sometimes people can take that away very easily. The only person that knows what's best for you is you. Sometimes people worry and flip out about the most littlest, tiny things that don't even matter. It blows my mind how many people get upset over things like waiting in line, not getting that parking spot ,etc. Why would anyone let something so little ruin their whole night or sometimes their whole week, over something so little? Stop worrying and simply live a little more. No matter how much you try to wake up and make every day the best, there's gonna be bad days. But don't quit because of those few bad days. Cherish the good ones. Cherish this life, and everyone around you, because even though it might not feel like it, your time is short. And live your life to the fullest.
The week started out as it normally does, but practice on Monday,Tuesday, and on Wednesday , since we had a Thursday game. This week we played Hokes Bluff and the two band's always combine to play the National Anthem. This week's half time show definitely wasn't our best, but I was happy it improved. The final score was Southside-44 Hokes Bluff-29, us leaving the field with another win. I also signed up for several clubs, and am happy to know I made it into them all. For I am hoping this gives me a better looking resume for college and bigger chances for scholarships, for this is all I'll all be worrying about for the next year and a half, is where to next?
It was the week everyone had been waiting for. Not only was it the first game of the year, but we were playing our biggest rivalry, etowah. All throughout the week we had our normal after school practice times , except on Thursday when the battery had an extended practice from 6:30-8. School had been pretty regular other than all of the #southsidehateweek" and #etowahhateweek" drama going around. The entire week was majorly just an entire fest of the two schools bashing each other and pointing out the flaws in each. There had been a huge anticipation and build up of who would win and how the game would go, and the final score ended up being Etowah-33 Southside-48. The game itself was very nerveracking, especially when Etowah scored the first touchdown of the game. But in the end, there's no better way to start off the season, but with a win.
The first day of school was August 8th. This first day wasn't like every other average first day, it was my "last first day," of Senior year. I'd been dreading not only going back to school in general, but the fact I'd be starting the first day of the rest of my life. It ended up not being as scary as I'd sought out for it to be, and it felt like any other normal day. We spent most of the day in our home rooms and then continued to go to our 6th,and 7th periods. I was disappointed when I got to my 7th period,which at the time was Spanish 1 , and saw the class filled with no familiar faces. At first, I thought to myself, with it only being the first day,someone I know will get transferred in here so I shouldn't worry. We never have had after school band rehearsal on the first day of school, so I was more than eager to leave school , and get home to take a nap. As soon as one of my friends since 1st grade, Kelsi, and I began to walk towards the exit doors of the building it started to come a monsoon outside. Not even minutes later Kelsi got a call from another one of our friends informing us Kelsi's foreign exchange student and sister were already outside waiting for her , locked out of Kelsi's car , in this pouring rain. Kelsi had worn nice sandals to school that day so it was going to be a lot harder for her to run in the rain for her than I, so I take her keys and run through this down pour and unlock the car for Madeleine and Kaylee to get in. Let's just say we weren't all the prettiest looking at the end of day 1.
Day 2 went just about as smoothly as day 1. I can't quite remember what all classes we went to but we started out in homeroom, and started out our days the rest of the week the same. Later on in the day once it got to 7th period the teacher started talking about how she teaches and how the class would go along during the school year , and I saw the same faces as I did before, no new ones. I decided at the end of the class I didn't want to continue to be in it. Once talking to my grades guidance councilor, I made a decision to start taking French 1 during the current access class I had,and drop marine science , which is a total bummer for me, and I would now be a teacher aid during 7th. It would also be one of the hottest days of the week, and the first day of the practice for the week. Yipee.
We have seven periods on Mondays, Tuesday's, and Friday's, but on Wednesday's, and Thursday's we are on a block schedule, and have a special study skills class. It usually depends on the mood that day of how fast it goes. Easy to say day three and four were both pretty effortless and both went by pretty fast.
When Friday finally came along, I was definitely more than overjoyed. On the downside, we had another hot and muggy band practice. The drumline had plans to go to Sonic for a slushie and chill after practice, so at least I had something to look forward to after wards. Once practice actually ended ,my friend Kendra rode with me to sonic and we met up with Luke, Chloe, and Ashley, and eventually Je and Mike, our drum major, showed up quite a bit later. After our hang out sesh, Kendra, Chloe, and I went to her house and ended my first week of school with some crazy chalk coloring. All in all it was a boppin' week and I'm excited to see what the rest of senior year has in store for me.