Sandy Smith

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Sandy Smith

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Wow, this year has gone by in the blink of an eye. I remember being excited for Christmas, then the musical, then senior trip, and now it’s somehow days before graduation. I’ve learned so much just from my senior year, and I’ve grown into a better version of myself, so now I feel prompted to share with you what lessons I’ve picked up on.

1. Never change for anyone.

2. It’s okay to not feel okay sometimes.

3. Listen and understand what others have to say.

4. Change can be a great thing.

5. Push yourself to work harder and go out of your comfort zone.

Now I’m sure you’re probably thinking that I looked these up on Google, but alas, these are just some words of wisdom that I found myself following throughout the year — feel free to use them, too. I was inspired by so many teachers (since freshman year, not just senior year) and many of my friends to become the best I can be, and I’m so thankful to be able to know them. This school year, I finally decided to pursue my passion and attend Rowan University for Music Education so that I’ll be able to teach others how to follow their hearts and find inspiration in music and friends, too.

Looking back to the beginning of senior year, I thought I had my life all figured out. Really, I did. It’s funny to think that at 17 years old someone could understand everything, but it’s amazing to see how things can change in such an unexpected way. Nine months later, only 18 years old, I definitely know more than I did before, but there is still so much left for me to learn, and I’m excited for this next chapter in my life. God, I’ll miss high school and seeing most of these lovely faces every weekday, but time keeps ticking and I don’t want to miss any second of it.