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September has come and gone, and with it I am another month closer to being a college student. Before life gets too hectic, I want to take some time to reflect on the good things that have happened throughout the month of September. I just finished a month in school and some good things have happened, so I think I should have a little celebration. Sometimes, knowing where you’re coming from helps the journey feel a little smoother.

Senior Events: I bought my senior jersey and my Homecoming ticket (and dress)! Every year, the seniors get football jerseys with their names and the class number on it instead of class shirts like everyone else and I’m excited to get mine. It’s just a little way to make the last year of high school feel more special. Also, this year I’m going to my first Homecoming dance! I’m excited to get all dressed up and have fun with my friends because it feels amazing to be around you friends in something other than uniforms.

My Planner: I’ve been more organized this year than any year before! Thanks to my planner I’ve been able to keep track of what I have to do, not only for my classes, but also for clubs and college apps. I’ve made it to all my club meetings and paid my dues, I’ve scheduled some college interviews, and even finished my homework at reasonable hours of the night! I’m already coming up with new ways to make my planner work better for me, like assigning colors for due dates and scheduling time to work on my online class. It’s made me feel a lot less stressful overall.

Classes/Clubs: This year my classes and clubs are pushing me to do more than ever before, and I like that. I get to analyze multiple current global issues in my Global Perspectives class and I have a presentation to make and an essay to write on two of them. I actually have to get out and help the world I live in as a part of my grade in Environmental Science. Model UN is pushing for more conferences this year and our National Honors Society is focusing on homelessness. It’s the little things that make this prospective International Relations major happy.

Newspaper: I have to make a separate section for newspaper because we just came out with our first issue! As one of the heads of the paper, I’m super proud of everyone and what we have accomplished. It’s a pretty nice issue, if I do say so myself. We also have a super special issue coming out next month that I think will be really great and I’m praying that it comes out really nice. I’m really trying to push the writers to come up with more creative ideas so we don’t rehash the same thing we’ve been doing year after year, and I think we’ve got some good things in store for the year.

College Essays: I’ve finally written drafts of essays and supplements that I enjoy reading. It’s been hard for me to express how I really feel in words, so I left the drafts I wrote alone for a while. I’m so used to sitting down a computer and being able to write a story in two or three tries that taking so long to write college essays has been hard for me. Late this month, I finally got the courage to look at a lot of those essays and reword them. Now I feel a lot better about my progress, even if it’s by taking little baby steps and not the strides I’m used to.

I have a lot to look forward to in the month of October. I have spirit week, pep rally, and homecoming. I’m flying up to Wellesley for Discover Wellesley Weekend and hopefully I’m going to Tufts and Bryn Mawr. I also get to take the SAT for the last time and submit my first college applications! I know that it’s going to be a rollercoaster of a month, so I’m glad that I get to take time out to just reflect. I hope all of you will also take a moment out of your busy lives to remember some tiny celebrations you’ve had before you forget them in a sea of chaos. Catch you guys later.

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