Written by: Joseph Kras, sophomore.
We all have felt nervous, upset, and very happy at some time in our lives. When we graduate from high school we might feel all of these emotions, just one of them, or none of them. All of us have a limited time in high school and we may choose what path we go down. Some of us choose to do sports, others choose to make art or make music, and some of us like to join clubs or do other activities out of school. Just one person could make that club, sport, or other activity better by putting on a smile everyday and greeting everyone. Their welcoming, cheerful personality might attract more people to the club, helping it grow. Your smile also just brings joy to the organization, and yourself.
Even though all these opportunities are available, myself and others have noticed that around the school, a lot of people choose to do nothing at all through their high school career. I understand that some of us have busy lives with school, a job, or other family relative issues, but I believe people from our school are uninformed about all these opportunities which may impact their lives forever. By joining something inside school you may make new friends or acquaintances that you probably wouldn’t have batted an eye to if you didn’t join that activity.
There are so many great programs the school offers that students don’t take advantage of.
Last year the Holly boys swim team was so small that they were lucky they could even compete. I was on the swim team last year, and I remember the coach’s disappointment if just one team member couldn’t make a meet. Since there were barely any people on the team, we had to scratch events completely, and we didn’t have the chance to celebrate any victories because all of the teams we swam against were so much bigger than ours. Even if you perform badly at a sport many people cheer you on, and you can improve. Thinking you’re bad at a sport is no reason not to compete.
After high school we might all recover the memories we made, whether good or bad, but being part of something is good. Opportunities that improve your well being shouldn’t be a risk. Some of us are future engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, etc. When putting together a resume, adding activities you did in your life increases the probability you might get that wonderful job you want.
As Wayne Gretzky, a famous hockey player once said, “ You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” Many students miss many opportunities and that results as missing experiences.
So what do you have to lose? In the end, we all miss the opportunities we didn’t take.
Sincerely, The Risk Taker