Worst Four Years of My Life? Or Most Knowledgable Years Of My Life? "I know more about myself then anyone else ever will. So who are they to judge?"

Profound thinkers. They're annoying, they're obnoxious sometimes, but they're knowledgeable. Why? Because they think. Hard. Sadly, I'm not a person who truly thinks too deeply so this year when my teacher for Senior Comp. told us that we would have to learn to think outside the box if we wanted to do well, I panicked. I'm the type of person that sees things how they are and doesn't really question why it's that way, but this semester I can say that statement has completely took a 360°. If Mr. McKinney taught us one thing it's that thinking leads to a deeper understanding. I've learned to ask myself further questions in order to get from one place to another and just simply doing that I've come on top with better project and homework. I decided to take the concept of deeper thinking outside of the classroom and let me tell you how wonderful it is. There's someone I met two months ago that I was so close to having a relationship with, but it didn't work out. He was a great kid, but he was always paranoid I would do something to hurt him and he was very sensitive. It made me think. The reason I am the way I am in some aspects are because of the experiences I've had or things I've learned. I never judged him because what if he was the way he was because another person from his past had damaged him emotionally? Another example, everyone has always perceived me as a shy person or even "rude" because im quiet which is the complete opposite of the reality in which I have anxiety.

"You have to get new knowledge and force yourself to really implement what you've learned. You have to set boundaries in place for yourself. You have to be willing to accept knowledge" -Tony GiesKein

Everyone, including myself, has a reason for the way they are even if it's not recognizable. Luckily I've been able to recognize these past months some traits that I hold. It's hard for me to focus in class if the topic is not interesting to me. I've noticed it several times in this class and also throughout my whole time in high school. The teachers at this school are actually amazing and I noticed so many kids feel like their teachers could care less about them, but they would not stick to their job every single day and spend time with you if they didn't care. A couple teachers in particular have taught me to keep going no matter how tough it is and that's what has gotten me through a lot of my classes and now look where I'm at; finishing high school in four days. I know who I am more than anyone else. In the classroom I can be stubborn and impatient and I can overthink to miles, but At the same time I can also be determined to get something done and I'm a fast learner. I wouldn't trade any characteristic I have/had for the world. They've helped me learn and become a better person. For example if I was never impatient I would have never learned how to truly become patient and relax. You learn from your flaws. The ive gained different perspectives just from being able to open my mind to what the world of English has to offer. Now as I graduate and go out into the actual world I can apply everything I've ever learned in high school from myself and my peers. I will be able to teach others. I will be able to even help them recognize why they are the way they are. All I know is that you can't say I learned nothing in high school.

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