High school can be explained by a few different emotions and depending on what your interests are, those emotions can differ throughout the years. For me, I loved senior high school – for the first three years a minimum of, my last year not so much. You see people mature at different stages of life with maturity comes different interests. I had been a partier because it was what everyone did – and that i thought it was fun. I used to drink 2 or 3 days in a week. I used to visit class but not try very hard- I had been only there because I needed to be. And I thought that was okay to complete for the first three years, up to my last year of senior high school when I began to change. I realized life can be fun without alcohol, I noticed my marks predicted my future and that boys were just a waste of my time – at this stage in my life. I realized I had more important things to focus on. And that is just what I did.

I started trying more in school, I quit my job making school my main focus. I went drinking once a month – if that – and that i felt so much better. I grew beyond the stage of high school, while I was still enrolled, I grew up way too fast for where I had been. Once I started to change my attitudes and interests… it meant a change in so much more. My future was finally planned out, my friend group changed, and that i was able to spend more time with my family. Although this sounds somewhat nice, I have to admit it was the hardest thing I did. I know I kept a grin on my face and my head held high however it was very hard.

I grew up too quickly for what high school was which had a positive and a negative outcome. Used to do have a lot of support though. My loved ones and friends were very supportive and that i was able to see the truth behind the people who I thought were close to me. There’s one individual who I owe a lot credit to. Without this woman I wouldn't be in this place right now, covering this. Without her help and support, I would still be in high school trying to escape. Because of her, I am sitting in my hotel room in Vancouver searching at the night sky and appreciating what my entire life is like now.

She is a teacher, an English teacher at that, one of the hardest markers I understand and if I’m being honest I understand she didn’t like me too much before this year. Although as we connected over the novel Room by Emma Donoghue, I knew that next year would be so much better- and it was.

I experienced a lot of life changes in the past year and it seemed that you simply were one of the people who were always there to help. When I decided that I wanted to write you connected me to a past student of yours and hang me along the right path, the path to success. When I was having trouble deciding what my future was going to look like you helped me with this push. When I was having trouble with being abnormal in today’s society you were there to show me that what I believed and liked doing was totally okay. I'm a nerd and you have guided me to for good believe that is just fine.
Now it is nothing but positivity when we reconnect, you're still there to help me pursue those dreams. You're the support I need to follow my heart.

You remind me how hard I have worked to get to where I'm today and to keep working hard for the future. You have made such the main difference in my life and I wanted to say thank you. You have made me learn to see the truth behind who I'm. How to survive those terrible senior high school moments, how to find my passions as well as in all honesty, how to write. Today I am a part of a book club, I'm an author, I am traveling the world how I wanted to, and I am living my entire life to the fullest extent I wish to be. So thank you. Appreciate being the best teacher I’ve ever had. Thank you for believing in me. Thank you for pushing me to live my entire life the way I want. Thank you and merci.