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Looking back: lessons learned in high school

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Jayna Bardahl

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Each year of high school has taught me a different lesson.

Freshman year taught me to go outside my comfort zone. Whether it be talking to someone I never had met before or joining an activity I never saw myself doing, freshman year was a year of new experiences that truly helped me mature as an individual.

Sophomore year taught me independence. Getting my license sophomore year granted me an incredible amount of independence that I had never experienced before. With this independence I learned more about what I enjoyed, who I wanted to be and where I wanted to spend my time.

Junior year taught me persistence. Junior year was my favorite year of high school, but also my busiest. Balancing ACT testing, college visits, a social life, homework and cheerleading all filled my schedule up to the second, but also taught me how to use my time effectively and not let anything stand in the way of my personal success.

Lastly, senior year taught me to live in the moment and make every second you spend with your family and friends count. As easy as it is to get caught up in the excitement of college, senior year taught me to appreciate my life as it is right now, and appreciate the people in it who support me.

With that being said, high school truly taught me so many lessons socially and academically that made it an unforgettable experience for me. I loved my time in high school, however with these lessons learned I feel ready to move on to my next chapter of life.

I am more than ready for a change in routine and the new opportunities that college will bring me. With high school complete, I am excited to see what myself and my best friends accomplish as we all move on to bigger and better things.

 

This article is from a series, “Looking back.”

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Vince Vena

Matthew Hollendonner

Elizabeth Rose Szpytek

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About the Writer
Jayna Bardahl, Print Co-Editor-in-Chief

Jayna Bardahl is a senior at DGS and one of the Print Editors-In-Chief for the Blueprint. During the 2016-2017 year Bardahl worked as the Print News Editor on the Blueprint staff. She is also involved in the varsity cheerleading team, ACE club, English peer tutors, and P.E. leaders.

In 2017 Bardahl was awarded first place for front page layout by IJEA and also placed fourth in yearbook double page layout at the IHSA Sectional Journalism Tournament.

Bardahl plans on attending a Big 10 University for college and hopes to pursue a major in journalism or something with communications.

Her favorite place to be is in the city of Chicago. Her favorite season is fall because of her love for Friday night football games. In her free time she enjoys Netflix, listening to her favorite music and spending time with her friends and family.

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