Lets all face it, high school is intimidating no matter who you are. But coming from a school of 80 girls to a school of over 700 extremely driven, hardworking, intelligent students was a huge culture shock for me. I tried to fit in at first by playing field hockey, but something just didn't click with most of the girls on the team. I missed my friends from middle school, specifically my best friend, who had gone to a different high school. I was struggling in my classes and I just sort of felt like I was never going to fit in the way I did in middle school.
But then I finally found my niche. Finally, I felt like I had friends who loved me, friends who I could be my weird crazy self in front of without judgement, friends who would laugh with me and cry with me and sing Jonas Brothers karaoke with me. In the course of one school year, these people have become some of my very best friends in the entire world, just as good as many of the friends I made in middle school. Its surprising how much a year can change you, and although I'm still basically the same person I was coming into this year, my friends bring out the best in me.
This year, we've had way too many amazing times together to count, so to celebrate a simply fantastic year, some of my friends and I ventured over to a park near school after our final exam for a picnic. Honestly, I think it was sort of an excuse to run by the doughnut shop across the street from school, the Sugar Shack, but after buying a doughnut in every flavor, plus three GIANT milkshakes, we walked over to the park where we sat around reminiscing about the year, eating way too many popsicles, and laughing at all our unfortunate pictures in the yearbook. It made me so thankful for my amazing friends, and honestly, it made me not want the school year to end! Trust me, I won't miss the all nighters before tests and the boatloads of history homework, but the thought of not seeing my friends every day kills me. Anyway, here are a couple of photos from our afternoon in Meadow Park :)
If there were words to express even on billionth of how much I love my friends, I would write them. Unfortunately, no amount of words in the entire universe will ever be able to do that, but hopefully this is a start. Thank you for showing me that I am loved, even when I feel like the whole world is against me. Thank you for letting me be crazy and weird and never acting like anything was wrong. Thank you for having my back when I was stressed about grades or tests or something stupid. Thank you for always making me laugh, even when I was having a horrible day. Thank you for just being yourselves, and for being the people I love the most in the whole world. We'll all be together again in 2 months, and I can't wait. I love you guys more then you'll ever know.