Life changing choices

The choices you make in high school can change your life for the better.

As someone who is, at most, four years older than anyone in this school, I’m not entirely sure I am in any position to give advice but I do have one piece of advice. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve been asked many times to recount and reminisce on my high school years, and, throughout most of those conversations, I have always ended up telling others something along the lines of this: Dawgma is the best decision I made throughout all of high school. Now, there are many reasons for this, the obvious would be Dawgma and its resulting officer positions probably went a ways in helping me get into college. However, that’s not why I say it. Dawgma gave me a community of people who really shaped me into the person I am today. It allowed me to develop my skills, both technical and in leadership, and helped me discover what I actually want to pursue as a major and eventually a career. Most importantly, it did a lot to bolster my confidence. Funny enough, I almost didn’t join. I almost did not go to the first meeting and, knowing myself well, if I had not gone to that one I never would have at all. However, I decided to go and it turned out to be the best decision I made in high school. So, what I am trying to say in my own rambling way is that if there is one tip I could give you to succeed in high school, it is this: go to that meeting. I know how frequently freshmen and sophomores simply roll their eyes, but it is true. If there is a club or sport that you have any interest in, go to it. No one says you have to stay forever. You may not even end up liking it… but take the chance. At most, it is only a couple of hours after school and that’s one small price to pay. Who knows? It might just change your life.

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