This has been a very strange year for students who are just entering a new chapter in their life, highschool. With the whole virus it has been a very informal year with many changes and abrupt arrangements, needless to say I've been very lost. I don't feel like I have changed very much, I'm still the goofy tall kid who wanders the halls looking for something to pass time.
If I could go back in time and tell 8th grade me a few things I would definitely take that opportunity. I would instantly tell myself to do the online portion of the work. Minimum effort at the beginning leads to a big build up of work in the end, and unfortunately that is what I'm experiencing right now. I would have also told myself to play basketball because I didn't play for some reason. Other than that I am satisfied with how the year has turned out. I made new friends and dropped some of the old, for better of course. The online work at the beginning of the year was most challenging for me because I had no motivation to do any of it, not seeing people for months drained my energy and left me with no reason to put effort into work or academics. Fortunately when the soccer season started I felt a liveliness and purpose to put effort in swarming my brain. The sports seasons were definitely the highlight of my year, all the new and familiar faces brought me joy and I found myself succeeding on the field and in the classrooms. Even though we had a very unsuccessful season for soccer I was thriving on the field. Towards the end of the year baseball began, the coaching staff pushed me to work hard and I did. I played third base most of the games and dabbled in pitching. We ended the season 4-6 and it was all worth it.
Academically the year was somewhat tough. I had an okay start to the year but the workload began to increase and I slowly fell behind. I met my goals and passed all my classes so far. Math was my biggest struggle, it has never been my strongpoint and I found it especially tough this year. Drawing has been my favorite subject because I enjoy the teacher and she is very motivational and encourages me to do my best. My classmates also have brought me joy, I have made new friends and have yet to encounter someone I dislike.
Next year I am looking forward to the sports seasons and new classmates. I will put more effort into the year and will try my best not to fall behind on work. I want to pass all my classes and form new bonds with new people in the school. Hopefully next year there will be some change to the masks because I do not like them. I also want to see the winter carnival be a little more active because I felt like this year was rushed and poorly planned for the students.