Growing Up

Growing up is Hard. Since I’ve gotten older I realize you face many challenges throughout life.

I’m fourteen years old. I know I don’t have as much experience in life as my elders, but being able to experience as much as I already have now is amazing. All the life lessons you learn, and what you bring to the table for younger generations really teaches you to not take anything for granted.

Turning thirteen you realize a lot is expected from you. You’re a teenager now so it’s like people treat you like you are going on eighteen and it’s almost time to be an adult. You get pushed. A LOT. Your parents push you, your teachers push you, society pushes you to grow up. When I was in 7th grade I remember coming back to school after the pandemic. You werent treated like how you were in 5th grade. At the beginning I thought it was pretty tough. Until a lot of our teachers left and we had substitutes throughout the year. I was so happy being able to get back into school. Having new classes, meeting my teachers, and seeing my friends. Everything turning around ha me loosing faith in all my school work.

We were pushed back to where we started.

But 8th grade helped prepare me to be better than what I was. 8th grade was like a new beginning and a time to restart. We finally had teachers, we were able to do all of our schoolwork and have an amazing year. I will admit some days were tough. We had extensive tests for highschool, I had interviews with schools, so many responsibilities. Looking back on my grades K-7th I never would’ve imagined going through all the things I went to just to pass and get into a good school. Yet I was grateful that these new changes and opportunities were coming to me.

Fast forward to the end of 8th grade. I finally passed the constitution test, got into the school I wanted to, and most importantly graduated! My graduating class was able to go on all our graduation trips and we went on our luncheon! Coming back to school for our ribbon pinning ceremony my school’s staff presented many awards to my classmates. My Assistant Principal was set to announce who was the valedictorian and by surprise she called out my name! I never would’ve thought I was going to be the valedictorian of my graduating class.

This is just one of the examples of why I believe that in life when growing up you will face so many challenges and changes. You have the right to feel however you want to feel about it. It’s just about how you deal with those changes and challenges that governs your outcome. Besides, you didn’t get to where you are now for nothing.

Eden Ingram – DeLaSalle Institute – DMSF Class of 2027

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