Living in the Moment: My Senior Year

Freshman through junior year are all a blur to me. As I look back on my past three years at Northwood, random memories pop back in my mind: getting lost in the hallway as a freshman, late nights doing homework, singing songs in French class, the first football game I went to.

   Now, as a senior, I feel like I’m trying to absorb as much of high school as possible—I’m talking about the excitement you feel as you get ready for the first day of school, or the feeling you get looking at funny pictures of your friends in the yearbook.  These are the things that I want to remember for years to come. These are things I’ll never experience outside of high school.

   One of my goals for this school year is to live in the moment. By focusing on what is happening around you, it will be easier to remember things.

   Living in the moment means that you are focused on what is happening now. Don’t worry about your past or what will happen in the future. Enjoy being a geeky teen while you still can!

   The tiniest details make me so happy—like seeing my best friends at lunch save a seat for me or watching our drum major smile as we play our marching band show.

   I believe there are three main stages in your life: little-kid-in-elementary-school, high school-teen and adulthood. High school allows you to build yourself and prepare for the rest of your life.

   I have changed so much since freshman year. I used to be shy and reserved. I felt awkward with people. I was always anxious and worried about everything, but high school has made me grow into a confident leader.

   My advice to everyone would be to keep your eyes open and remember the things that make you happy, because high school only happens once.

   After all, these are supposed to be the best four years of your life, right?

– By Cassie Navarro