When I look at this picture of myself, I realize how much I've grown and changed, not only physically, but also mentally as a person in the last couple of years. Less than one month after this photograph was taken, I arrived at Boston University in Boston without any idea of what to expect. I entered my freshman year of high school as an innocent "Non-English speaker" girl from Albania who was about a thousand miles from her home and was a new member of the American Life. Around me in this picture are the things which were most important in my life at the time: reading books in English so I would get a little better and not have as much difficulties communicating with people, studying different types of cars and planes, following David Beckham's latest move (Soccer), and seeing the latest blockbuster show like "Phantom of the Opera" or "Jurassic Park".
On my T-shirt is the rest of my life - Tennis. Midway through my Junior Year at Millis High School, the focuses in my life have changed dramatically.
ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ If there is one common occurrence which takes place for every single person in the diverse student body at Hackensack High School (New Jersey), it is that we all grow up much faster for having lived there. I do not know whether this speeding up of the maturing process is generally good or bad, but I definitely have benefited.
ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ The classroom has become a whole different realm for me. Before, the teachers and the students alike preached the importance of learning, but it was implicitly obvious that the most important concern was grades. At Hackensack High School teachers genuinely believe that learning is the most importance objective and deeply encourage us to collaborate with each other and make use...