It’s finally here. The day we’ve all been waiting. After 12 years of alarm clocks, uncomfortable desks and chairs, it’s time for graduation. Nothing will ever be the same… and that’s terrifying. Graduation for me was an end to a beautiful chapter. Then it marked a new beginning that I can’t wait to start. I’ll take the lessons I’ve learned from successes and failures. A good reflection of high school ought to do you good. You’ll be reminded of how you got here, what you learned, and what experiences were most meaningful to you. Growing up, I’ve heard adults say, “High school was the best four years of my life!” Because of that, I expected to have a blast when I entered high school. However, I didn’t realize high school was the best four years of their lives because they made it the best years of their lives. I didn’t realize that if I also wanted to have the best four years of my life, I needed to do things I actually enjoyed doing. So if you want to make high school the best four years of your life, do the things that you enjoy. But if you’re like me and also want to have a good academic standing, then unfortunately, those enjoyable activities may have to be put aside. That’s why finding a balance is an important skill. High school teaches you a lot of things – academically, emotionally, socially and realistically. I can confidently say that my life has indeed changed. I am a graduate in high school, and this was not how I was planning to spend my graduate year. Every day I wake up, I do my work and then workout. I eat at the times we normally would eat. My routine is extremely repetitive, and we have only been doing this for a few weeks. I understand that we may have to do this for a long time, and I am fully willing to do so in hopes that we can return to normal soon. I think the biggest challenge for me has been realizing that I might never go to my high school again to thank the teachers who changed my life and finally graduate after waiting four long years.