Opinion: A letter for the underclassmen

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Dear Northwest students,
“Highschool goes by in a blink of an eye.” When I heard that phrase my freshman year, I rolled my eyes, thinking “these idiots, four years sounds like an eternity.” But trust me, I feel like just yesterday I was walking through the BVNW doors for the first time with bulky braces and eyes wide as I looked up to the upperclassmen, oblivious to how my time here would end.
As you all know, the class of 2020’s senior year was abruptly cut short. Everyone reminisces back to their senior year of highschool. They’ll say “Oh yeah, senior year was the best\; the class picnic, prom and graduation were just a few highlights of our year.” We were not able to experience this. I’m not trying to make this a pity party for the class of 2020, but instead a hype letter for the rest of you.
I want you to enjoy those early mornings, where you are at school before the sun rises. I want you to enjoy those late night study sessions with your friends as you try to teach yourself a full unit and cram as much information into your head as you can the night before a test. Go to the dances! Go to the football games! Be present! I am telling you, these four years of your life surely won’t be everything, but they will be memorable, so I encourage you to make the most of it.
What I never realized is what I did in my first years of high school ultimately made me the student I am today. For instance, my Sophomore year I decided to try out for Student Government! I lost. The next year I was convinced it was my year– I lost. Again. I didn’t care that it was a funny joke that I lost, not once, but twice. I just wanted to be involved in that club so badly that I preserved and eventually got a position as class rep, which might’ve been out of sympathy but who cares! You will change, and people will come in and out of your life, but this experience will benefit you in the long run. It’s all a matter of getting involved.
My high school experience went by in a blink of an eye. Just like that, those four years were cut even shorter courtesy of the coronavirus. For you underclassmen, do us seniors a favor: make the most of your remaining years of highschool. Take advantage of the opportunities you have now. Spend more time with your friends. Join the many different clubs Northwest has to offer– or make your own! Be a part of the BVNW community.

Sincerely, a very jealous senior,

Maddie Beischel