Gone In a Blink of an Eye


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Shara Coffman, Editor

Today is bittersweet, as I am attending my last day of high school ever. I look back on the last four years of my life and I think about all of the memories that I have made. Let’s take a look back at my last four years of high school: 

My freshman year with both of my parents teaching in the Palestine school district, I wasn’t too timid. I knew that I wanted to get involved in everything so that is what I did, and I don’t regret a minute of it. Just as I was getting really comfortable with stepping out of my comfort zone, we were hit with a global pandemic. This pandemic caused my freshman year to finish up at home learning everything online. 

Then came my sophomore year. This was a year that I wish was a little different. It started off with not being able to see any of my peers’ faces. Sports got harder because of the lack of ventilation having to wear a mask while running up and down the court. I lost a lot of friends this year, making me feel very small. I was lost, but this happens often to people in high school, but I am here to say it gets better, so stay tuned. 

I was now entering my third year of high school, and going into this year, I really did not know what to expect, so I started the year open minded. Sports were huge for me this year, and my passion for high school sports was like no other. This year we were conference champs and had a really good winning season. This season, though, was a little different because we were now OPH sports. I was hesitant about this at first, but it has made our sports program ten times better and I am so proud I was a part of it. It opened my life up to meeting one of my best friends. Most say junior year of high school is the hardest year academically, and they certainly are not wrong. I had to work my butt off, but it was worth it because one of my biggest goals was to have high honors all throughout all of my high school years. I knew that since I got through junior year, I would be able to achieve this goal. 

Finally, I made it, and it is senior year now. This was a year of a lot of last times of doing things. Sports were tough this year, as there was not a lot of winning, but a heck of a lot of learning. My friends were back, and we knew we weren’t going anywhere from supporting each other again. I did my best to let loose and just really enjoy my last year at PHS and that is exactly what I did; I highly recommend it. 

When you are going through high school, get involved, but also relax a little bit. One of my biggest regrets was that I was always trying to be the best me that I could be, and that I forgot to actually take a step back and soak up life a little bit. It goes by a little faster than you think.