Thursday, June 4, 2015

Sophomore Year Reflections

It's crazy to think that my sophomore year of high school has come to a close. Even crazier to say that I'm an upperclassman. What? There were so many ups and downs to this school year and I'm going to reflect on all of them today.

When I started this school year, I was motivated. Ready for a new start, a new outlook, and a new me.  I made new friends, reconnected with old ones. Everything was going great. Sadies, football games, competing in the title competition. School was hard, as expected, but I pushed through. My last week of 1st semester I finished finals, got cast in Legally Blonde, and finished out our Christmas show. Winter break was a very welcome relief.

We came back to school, all in our new-Christmas-clothes best, ready for the new year. The studio NYC trip happened, and it gave me that motivation to push forward in my second semester. We had our Heathers-themed photoshoot, and I knew I had found some real friends in these drama department seniors.

And then something started to feel off. Y'all know how that one goes. My diagnosis completely rocked my world, especially two weeks before we opened my very first high school production. It was a more than bumpy path, but we did our best to get medication straight and make sure to put my health above everything. Legally Blonde was one of the best experiences I've ever had. A show like that is so much fun, and I won't forget the memories I made there for a long time.

The last two months were long and difficult. I was busy digging myself out of the hole I made before I knew just what was wrong with me, all the while trying to balance dance and social life and holding on to the seniors as long as I could. Dance competition season was a blast, watching not only my team succeed but Avery as a soloist. New York, as you saw in Tuesday's post, was such an amazing trip and exactly what I needed right before finals week.

I'm proud to say I did it. This year was without a doubt a defining year for me. I learned a lot- about myself, about school, about life in general. I can't wait to see what this summer brings for BHMM and look forward to seeing how things will be in the fall. As always,

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