Final Goodbye to My High School Career

Tyler Woolen

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I have been going to Jefferson-Morgan for 13 years. When I was in elementary school, I always had the best time. Once I began middle school, life wasn’t the best but I guess it could’ve been worse. Although I would love to sit here and write about the best memories I have had here at JM, I have only had a handful unlike others. I know how everyone has a sappy and amazing story about their great high school years but here’s mine.

Heading into freshman year was great, I thought I had the best of friends. Every night I would be with my friends and we would go out all of the time. In school, I started a few classes that I loved, including Journalism. I knew that I wanted to go to college and major or minor in Journalism so I thought it was the best for me. Many people dropped out the first week because they were too scared to present but, luckily I was perfectly fine with it. Presenting is a part of life and it barely scared me. That’s when I started to get to know all of my teachers on the top floor.

My sophomore year had its moments, I met new people, some good and some bad. but besides that, I had a pretty great time. In school was fine but I didn’t seem to care about my grades, that was a huge mistake of mine. I had a best friend who I would spend my days with constantly, we were inseparable. I had so many friends my sophomore year from different schools and it was one of the best summers to go into. Everything was great and there were small rough patches I went through, but I had good friends to be by my side. When I was sad, I would go to my friend’s house. He lived in my old neighborhood and his mom always welcomed me in. I would talk to her and her son when I was in trouble or upset with things. 

My junior year was probably one of the worst years of my life. Unlike everyone else, my high school experience was not the best and this year is what made it the worst. Almost all of my “friends” had turned on me besides two, and I felt very lonely. Although I had a boyfriend at the time, I wanted friends but I didn’t get that. I only had one true friend, Makayla, who was there for me through everything. Not everyone gets a group of friends who are true when they’re in high school, and I got to know that as time went by. When I was going through hard times, I did have two teachers who helped me throughout a lot. Mrs. Huba and Mrs. Caffrey were the closest to friends that I actually had. It was nice to finally have someone I could talk to without being judged for what happened in my life. They are the sweetest teachers once you get to know them, and they will push you to succeed even though some students won’t want it.

Throughout your lifetime you realize who you can trust and who you can truly rely on and I believe that those two are the best.

My senior year started off kind of shaky, but my grades were so good. Everything was fine until I got onto homecoming court. To me, it was an amazing opportunity. I was so sweet to everyone around me but then, just like junior year, everyone turned on me. I was confused as to what I did to anyone. During the election for homecoming queen, I was sweet to each of the girls and I tried getting so close to them and being friendly. Everything was good until a few months after. Almost all of the girls in my grade were rude to me for no reason and acted like I didn’t exist. That’s when I stopped caring about “friends” and started caring more and more about my grades, boyfriend, and family. I still have the two amazing friends that are seniors and a few people here and there that are so nice to me and I respect them so much for that.

Now, it only being a few days before I graduate and finally leave this place, I would like to say thank you to a few people. Thank you to Mrs. Huba for being such an amazing teacher and mentor. Thank you for being the kindest to me whenever I have been so upset. Thank you to Mrs. Caffrey for also being the mother that I needed in school, for teaching me about hard times and how to overcome them. Thank you to both of those amazing teachers that I didn’t deserve but so very much needed in my high school career.

I will be attending California University of Pennsylvania in the fall for my first year of college then I will be transferring to Pitt Johnstown the next year. I am very excited to start a new chapter in my life but I am also very nervous. I hope life treats me well after high school because in all honesty, I am a little bit scared, but that’s okay. So here’s to my future and I hope it’s great.