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Being a senior in high school seems so surreal sometimes — as if life is passing by in a blink of an eye. However, the other day in my choir class, we had a graduate come back and say a few words to us.
Isaiah Anderson has been in “grown-up land” for a few months now, and what he tells us rings true.
“There are three rules everyone needs to follow when chasing your dreams,” he said. “Enjoy it. Enjoy it. Enjoy it.”
Isaiah went on to tell us about how he’s been trying to get into the military and how they’ve told him no multiple times, but he also stopped for a second and looked at us all.
“It doesn’t matter what people say. If you really want to reach your goal, then don’t give up.”
He was talking to the seniors, the ones who after this year will get our chance to go and chase our own dreams. We’re young and are likely to be told no multiple times in our life. However, as long as we have that perseverance and that push to keep going, then eventually we could reach those goals.
“You don’t have to run towards your dreams. One could walk or even crawl. It only matters that you keep going,” Isaiah said.
His words rang true; and as he talked, students saw the proud look in our teacher’s eyes. This is a life lesson most students are taught on a regular basis, but when it’s one of our friends who tells us all this it seems to hit us in a deeper sense. Some of us needed to hear his words, his experiences, his lessons for it to affect us.
Isaiah helped us believe in ourselves and our goals. We could tell he believed in his.
Senior year goes by faster than any other. I say this from experience; it seemed like just last week we came to school for the first day, and now at JCHS we’re nine weeks into the year.
For some, there is only nine weeks left, but others have to finish the year. We’re faced with difficult decisions about what to do afterward, and for some that answer still isn’t clear.
If there is one thing I’ve learned from Isaiah, though, it is that no matter what I decide to do, I won’t give up on it.
Nobody should give up on something they work hard to achieve.
Rebecca Smith is a senior at Jennings County High School..
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