Crazily enough, it has been about two weeks since I graduated high school; wrapping up four years of countless papers, immense stress, late nights slaving over my laptop, but most of all-- lots of laughs. The last week we spent as a class together was especially jam packed, from our last day of classes to a trip to Hershey Park to alumni induction shenanigans. Throughout this busy time, my classmates and I mostly all had our own respective moments of clarity. For me, however, the moment in which I really appreciated what my school gave me was on the drive home, when I was stuffed in my car alongside my sister and my towering suitcases. In that moment, after a day of a whirlwind of emotions, I was appreciative of the knowledge gained and the lifelong friendships formed at my high school. It's difficult to really acknowledge that which becomes secondary to the stress of studying for a test and meeting deadlines. But, if I could give anyone who is still in high school any advice, it would be to appreciate the seemingly pointless antics of your school, because you'll never have an experience quite as frustrating yet rewarding as high school.
If you didn't know, I'm currently in Japan (follow @lostbutntfound on Insta!), and I have been reading up a storm-- currently, I'm on "You Are a Badass" by Jen Sincero, and much of my present gratitude for my struggles and successes alike in high school has been formed through this read. It presents different tips & advice in a myriad areas of life, but it is what you personally gather from what Sincero writes that is most valuable.
I'll be coming back atcha with plenty of Japan photos! Stay tuned. xoxo Isabelle