but that's not what it is for."
During the winter there was a WW Fenn speaking contest in which everyone mesmerized a piece and then recited it in their class. The winners of each class would go onto all school meeting and recite their piece again. I, being rather scared of public speaking, knew that this would be great for me to conquer a longstanding fear of mine. I practiced quite hard and felt prepared for my task ahead of me. After winning my class with a classmate, we went on to ASM where my nerves where playing tricks on me. I was so nervous and I was thinking of every possible way for me to mess up. Would I forget my lines, would I run off the stage, and would I freeze. Well after getting this over with, I could say it had been worth it. I did not mess up, and I did the best I could. It was just the beginning, but I can say for sure is that I am far more comfortable speaking in public now than before.
Later on that year I had to do my senior reflection. I knew I wanted it to be special, I wanted it to resonate with people, and above all I wanted to do a good job. Through spring break I started thinking about my reflection, over thinking it in some regards, until I finally realized that the more simple it is the better it will be for people to understand. Originally I had planned on speaking about a variety of different moments that hadn't worked out for me the way I had hoped. When I focused on one idea, my thoughts became clear and I knew what I wanted to say. Pre forming my piece, was not nerve racking like most people thought, instead, I found it enjoyable, and it gave me closure. I feel like I am ready, I am heading to a new school and meeting new people. I will be challenged and yes, of course, things will not always work out, but I know that taking risks and making mistakes are a part of the learning process,
So if my last year results into anything, it would be this: take risks, spread your wings, and soar.