I think I can speak for most seniors when I say this is not the kind of ending to our senior year we would have wanted. There will be no last day of school, no final goodbyes and no traditional graduation festivities. It has most certainly been a senior year to remember. However, there has been much to learn from all of this. These past few months have taught me numerous life lessons, chief among these are discipline, perspective and gratitude.
Being stuck at home for the past few months has forced me to find discipline. Without discipline, you trap yourself in an endless cycle of disorganization, rendering you powerless. Discipline can be so simple yet very effective. Waking up at the same time each day can have a tremendous effect on how one conducts their life. Navy Admiral William H. McRaven said, “If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.” Simply completing one small task such as making your bed at the beginning of the day can be so powerful. It will give you a sense of accomplishment and push you to complete another task. This cycle has helped me tremendously while being stuck in quarantine. Quarantine has been my biggest enemy at times, but overall one of my greatest teachers.
While I may not be getting the traditional final months of high school I wanted, I do not think I have ever been more grateful. Practicing perspective can be a very powerful tool in life. Whenever you are put into a situation which is less than ideal, always remember somebody has had it worse than you. Doing this has allowed me to be grateful for everything I have in life, down to the most minuscule things. Getting three meals a day might seem like a normal occurrence to most people; however, there is always somebody who would give anything to have a single meal. Being grateful for everything you have in life is a lesson everyone needs to learn. My time at Revere was one to remember. Being taught in such an incredible learning environment, surrounded by some of the best teachers in the world is something most people have never had.
One piece of advice I can give to all underclassmen is to enjoy every second of it because it goes by quicker than you could ever imagine. I will carry all the lessons I have learned from my time at Revere with me throughout the rest of my life. While I wish I could have had a last day of school and gotten to say goodbye to all the friends and teachers who had such a profound impact on my life, I will be forever grateful for the time I had and the memories I made. Goodbye Revere, and thank you for everything.