Who am I? I feel that the answer to this question is always changing. People change, they grow up and become a new person. Certain traumatic events can change a person, it can cause a shift of belief of who they are and how they view their society. I have changed so much. If you asked me a year ago who I was my answer would differ so much from today. Today at this moment I am stressed, I am excited, and I am hopeful. My stress comes from my senior year. The thought of deciding my future frightens me. One wrong decision and the next ten years of my life could fall apart one thing after the other as if they were dominos. I am excited because I get to start a new chapter in my life. I get to learn to be independent. I will be on my own and get to call the shots. My hope comes from my generation and their desire to change. My generation is ready to be out with the old and in with the new. They are ready to address problems that affect our future and our very well being.

We spend over 12 years in school. We meet our friends here and figure out our passions. At school, I am involved with many different groups of people. I get to surround myself with people of like interests. My extra-circulars are very diverse they include, NHS, A.C.T.I.O.N ( service club, volleyball, band, and Connect (freshmen mentoring). Through these activities, I am able to meet all kinds of people. I surround myself with different kinds of people so I can understand a variety of beliefs. I am not the biggest fan of school, this may be due to the fact that I am a senior. However, I do enjoy seeing people I would not normally talk to outside of school. In school, you are able to form many different relationships with many different people.

My whole life I have been preparing to go out in the world by myself. Our parents prepare us for independence. School prepares us for the workforce. But what if this isn’t enough. What if I can’t do it on my own? What if I chose the wrong option? We have been preparing our whole lives for the day we leave our parents’ house. For the day we become independent and can only rely on ourselves. Failure is bound to happen. You must fail to succeed. I am not afraid of failing. I know I can get back up again and fight harder. But how many times do you have to fall in order to learn to run?

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7 Comments
  1. Zachary 1 month ago

    I agree with that I have changed a lot throughout the years. Also, really like the opening sentence.

  2. Ian 2 months ago

    As a junior with still two more years to go, I might not be as worried about life after school as you, but I still related to a lot of your points, such as wanting to change the future and being excited to gain independence. I like your attitude regarding failure and think that optimistic perspective will lead to success.

    • Ian 1 month ago

      Dear Charlotte,

      I am touched by your post, “Who I am,” because I related to a lot of your points, such as wanting to change the future and being excited to gain independence. I appreciated your attitude regarding failure and your optimistic perspective.

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: If you asked me a year ago who I was my answer would differ so much from today.” I think this is insightful because it’s true for all of us. I personally have learned a lot about myself over the past year, and although I am the same in many ways, I know that my past and present selves would not make identical decisions. I am excited to see how I will further grow throughout my junior year.

      Another sentence that I empathized with was: “My generation is ready to be out with the old and in with the new.” This stood out for me because I also feel this way. It seems that many of today’s leaders are unwilling to deal with the challenges facing our planet, but at the same time there are many youth who are taking a stand. It’s inspiring to see that you don’t have to be in a position of power to make a difference and, when I leave high school, I hope to do my part in changing the world for the better.

      Have you seen this article? https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/04/well/family/senioritis-high-school-transition-college.html?module=inline I thought you might be interested in this because it also reflects on the transitional state of senior year, and provides a worthwhile perspective into the feelings and beliefs of today’s high schoolers. Its message of taking initiative and finding a purpose as we move into our next stage of life is inspirational for us, and well worth considering.

      Thanks for sharing your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because we still have a lot of time left before the year ends and you finish your time here at Okemos. I’m interested to see how your perspective will change or deepen as the year progresses.

  3. valera 2 months ago

    To be honest, I can totally relate to this. I know i’m going to make mistakes in my life, but i’m also scared to go into the real world and have to fight for myself. Even though we may have been prepared, were still about to just be thrown into reality. And, yeah, thats scary.

    • valera 2 months ago

      Honestly, this makes one really think about how much we all do during highschool, you really want to move on and become independent, but at the same time its so scary. The way this piece is written, one can truly relate to these experiences and situations, I can put myself in your shoes and feel how you feel. I really look forward to keep reading your work because this piece is very well written and touching. Great job!

  4. Abbey 2 months ago

    Charlotte,
    In your first paragraph when you say that you have changed so much and would have answered this question differently a year ago I totally relate. Personally, I feel the same way. Just in the last month I feel like I have changed and that answering this question everyday would be interesting to see my different responses.

  5. Ari 2 months ago

    Wow, good job, I really liked the concluding sentence.

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