The Most Important Lesson I Learned at AHS, by Matthew Conflitti

AHS14Lessons of life can be learned in and out of the classroom.  I enjoy learning new things at school about science, math, and English, but I like to consider the knowledge of those topics as skills rather than life lessons. A life lesson is something that sticks with you even after you have forgotten everything you have learned from schooling. It becomes a part of your morals that you strive to pass onto your children and grandchildren. Most of these are things you cannot learn in a traditional classroom with notebooks and textbooks and number two pencils. I suppose you could read and write about people who have achieved learning these life lessons, but there is something about experiencing things for yourself that makes them actually stick.

In today’s busy society, people seem to have lost sight of the more important values in life. High school classes are full of homework, projects, and presentations that often won’t matter in the longrun.  Yet, students stress out about so many meticulous and irrelevant details.  I am in no way advocating for the laziness of future students, but it seems to me that our scope has changed, or veered off slightly, from what really matters: how we interact with the people around us in a positive way.

School has become a competition of grades where we are categorized by our GPA and how well we scored on the ACT.  This leads to pressure on students regarding which college to attend and what to study. It seems everyone we talk to about where we plan to go to college has some sort of two cents that they want to add: “Oh, don’t go there. No, study this instead.”  School has slowly taught me over the past four years that I have the final say on every decision in my life.  I have learned that if I try to meet everyone else’s expectations and forget my own, I will surely fail and feel worse about my abilities as a student and as a person.

Incoming freshmen should sit down before they start in September and write down five goals they want to achieve by the end of their senior year — and then stick with them. I did not do this, and I felt  I had strayed slightly during my middle years. At the end of the day, you have to live with yourself and your decisions. Wouldn’t you rather have those decisions be your own? If you made the wrong decision, you can learn from it and become a better person because of it.

If you have a dream, accomplish it. If you have a life goal, achieve it.  Just make sure that it is your decision. Promise yourself that you will never let anyone sway you from your position. If you can do this, you will succeed in life.

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