Big show

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It is amazing how life passes in the blink of an eye. Everybody has a unique story about a moment that changed his or her life, whether it is winning the lotto, losing a loved one, or even reading a fortune cookie at a scruffy old Chinese restaurant. One moment that everybody can agree is life changing is the step from high school to college. Everything changes with the introduction into the bigger and broader world. Bridging from high school to college is about confronting reality eye to eye with challenge. Leaving high school gave me a big slap on the face, showing me how big it was serving more opportunities and bigger responsibilities.

I was a big 8th grader graduating from a middle school in Tustin now entering Mater Dei High School. When I entered Mater Dei on my first day, I was the small one on campus again, the fresh meat, the stupid freshman.

Growing up, Mater Dei challenged me more than ever before. Taking on more was a step towards finishing high school. The workload came by the masses and consumed more of my free time. The homework, sports and interactive activities seemed overwhelming since e it was so much to do, but I learned to get used to this way of life learning. The harder and smarter I worked the more I accomplished when itCame down to the big games, meets, test, and possibly the worst of all finals. The aim of high school was to help students prepare the student for college.

A couple days ago I went to pick up my sister from school and went to go see my high school cross country at a meet. What a feeling it was; is the feeling so of being felt like you meant more to the world. Everything smaller and the people are more accustoming to who you are. The reason you like this is because high school included eating with your friends at lunch, some gossip, meeting after school in the parking lot (I must mention how much easier it was to park back then too). Basically anything that you did included your close-knit friends at school. Whatever was done, it was usually done with a friend or a group of friends. Most students developed cliques like cheerleaders, the basketball team, the computer club and so. Even thought I was I was never really part of a single clique since my friend and I ventured the different tables, I miss being able to find those cliques.

Sitting in my history class, I wondered how I would gain strong ground to make it through high school. Do I have a chance to show who I really am? Mater Dei seemed big to me the three or four years that I was there. There was time when I didn’t know who or where to turn to. There were a lot more newer and bigger things in high school like sports, clubs. Classes, the campus, etc. walking through the halls I ran into people, older, bigger and scarier kids who could push me around leaving me to nudge my way through the hall. There were the loud and repetitive clanks and the slaps of dirt colored lockers being shut by thescurrying students. The high school atmosphere in my early years was intimidating leaving me ready to face college and life in the near future.

Back in the days of high school the school held power of the students life and most of the decision amongst the students. The school deliberates its hours for student being there certain hours of the day. High school had a strict structure during school time and more of a grasp in student’s lifeI could hear the music in the halls and watch the announcements every morning. The announcements gave word if an event, news, or opportunity to the student body. News of anything on campus circulates quickly, just like the gossip be passed around about Snoop Dogg or Britney Spears in Public but it only has to deal with, what new guy will be dating Pamela sue date next? Another on of the dispositions of high school was how everything was handed to on a silver platter. Counselors and teacher remember who you are and acre to help you out with little hope of anything in it for them, just a simple “Hi!” every here and there. High school is the time of trying new and different things.

Its just how when I see Mater Dei high school I think ''wow''!this place is small and I miss knowing everybody. . I remembered how 4 years I ago I was making new friends and crying the next moment having to say goodbye to many of them at knowing that I may never see some of them ever again. I am repeating the cycle again but with a bigger and more competitive group. Seeing as that I am about ready to set sail on my own, I look back on that little place called high and venture off to show what I can do.