Caps and gowns, diplomas and handshakes alike, graduation is an event every MHS high schooler looks forward to. Just five years ago, I was taking my first step into a student home. Now, in just two months, I will be walking across the stage and leaving behind a place where I’ve made so many memories.
My experience at MHS has been a roller coaster ride from the time I was first dropped off to the time I stepped foot into a foreign country. I first enrolled at MHS in seventh grade as a 12-year-old. It was a completely different dynamic than I was used to at home, but I acquainted myself quickly and enjoyed the rest of my middle school years.
Going into high school, I knew it would be a different environment and I had my older sister to help me learn the ropes. Pretty soon, I was getting involved in activities such as student government, cheerleading, Amnesty International, and various other activities.
I was really enjoying my high school experience, and during my sophomore year, an extraordinary opportunity came knocking on my door. I was offered the chance to study abroad for an entire year. In all my years at school, I never thought I would have an opportunity like this one. I enjoyed my year in Belgium and made new, long-lasting relationships. MHS made it all possible.
Now that my MHS chapter is ending, I’m feeling very sad, yet ready and determined. Five years ago when I first enrolled, I wish I knew that time would fly by so quickly.
I’ve come to call MHS a second home, and I’ve made so many close friends and bonds. It will be really hard for me to cross the stage on June 10th without shedding a tear.
MHS has allowed me to grow in more ways than I thought possible and has prepared me to take on the challenges of life after graduation. Although I’m sad to be leaving, I am ready to begin a new chapter in my life. MHS has prepared me to the fullest!
Danna enrolled at MHS in seventh grade from East Orange, New Jersey.
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