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Back and Forth… a column

Sydney Patchett, Editor-in-chief

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  Last time I was writing for this column, I had absolutely no idea where I was going to be living or going to school for the next four years of my life. A lot has changed, and my heart is set on my new home. I will be going to my dream school of UCLA.

  If you would have asked me four years ago if I thought I’d be here today, I would be in complete disbelief. I dreamed of going to any UC school, and even the lower ranking schools felt out of reach and ultimately impossible. My middle school years and even my early freshman year consisted of struggling to maintain grades, lacking the motivation I really needed to succeed. I changed my mindset very quickly after seeing my sister graduate when I was a Freshman.

  It really is sad that students have to recognize that a post-secondary education is only achievable if you work your butt off for four years, not only in school but outside in our community. You have to be able to juggle sports, school, a social life and time for family, while still managing to maintain a positive attitude year round. Any low-income student is forced to abandon any hope for a job, as there is just no time to do everything you need to do to get into college. I worked for half of my junior year, and simply had to quit from being so stressed out. I don’t even play a sport either, so I can’t even imagine how some students who have daily practice feel. How could I give up my entire social life in high school for the slim possibility of getting into college?

  So, as a second semester senior about to head off to university, I want to let everyone reading this, who still has the chance to turn your grades around, know: do your best, but don’t ruin your life for school. High school is an amazing experience that you can never go back too, which leads to an even greater experience if you do it right.

  This will be my last column for the UC High newspaper, and I’m feeling a bit weird about this all. Although I’m extremely excited for college and everything it has in store, I can’t believe I’m leaving the place I’ve called home for 18 years. The idea of leaving Journalism Class so soon has even been hurting my head, as the friends I’ve made in such a creative and open class will remain for a lifetime. We’re a family here, and I could not be more excited to come back next year and see my editors doing an even better job than me as chief! So, I guess this is goodbye to my column as this is the second to last issue of our paper. Thank you to everyone who’s actually read this, and enjoy the rest of your high school experience! Xoxo — your 2016-2017 Co Editor-in-Chief, Sydney Patchett. So Dorian, are you ready to say goodbye?

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Back and Forth… a column