This afternoon and evening, I hosted a booth for the first annual Northwest High School Career Fair. It has been a while since I have interacted with a large group of high school students. It makes me thankful for high school.
Not only did I have some interesting conversations, but I reflected back to my high school days. The days of the unknown future. What did I want to do when I grew up? Where would I go to college? What FFA activities did I want to excel in? Which classes should I take these last few years that will get me closer to life-long goals? How could I get the most out of high school?
|Freshman year, FFA soils contest. That shirt though…|
After watching the students today, I am also grateful I am no longer in high school. There is much pressure on today’s youth to get involved, do well, get ready for college, etc. I do not know that I am qualified enough now for what some of these emerging adults are learning! They also have much more drama than I did growing up. Social norms have changed, inclusion and exclusion are even more extreme and all eyes are on them. They are the future.
|High school graduation with my cousin Shannon,
who is now in high school!
|National FFA Livestock judging CDE team photo
with advisor, Mrs. Ayers.
|Sousa Concert with Mr. D… and I balled that night.|
I am glad for my high school experience filled with devoted teachers and educators. I learned a lot about life and cherishing moments. Even though I went to college fairly close to home, I did not stay as well connected to people from high school as I could have and probably should have. Now, living 13 hours away, it is challenging to maintain those relationships. But, I appreciate them even more.