|My friend and current Student Council President, Karla, and I at Collegium's Homecoming game.|
Then, as I was ready to leave, I met with my high school PE and Health teacher, Mr. Esche. It was the first time I had seen him since I graduated, and at Collegium, he was one of my closest teachers and someone I've always regarded as a mentor and friend.
We spoke for almost over an hour. He spoke about how his year was going and I told him about how my past few weeks have been really tough for me - physically and emotionally. I didn't expect the conversation to carry on so long, but it was JUST what I needed. We spoke about everything, and he gave me such great advice. And to tell you the truth - though he said it eloquently and gave me such overwhelmingly motivational words, everything he said made me realize one basic thing: I need to get my shit together.
Yesterday is yesterday. Today is today. And I have to get back in drive and move on.
What Esche told me in an hour or so probably changed my mentality for the rest of my life, and I'm not just saying that. It's the truth. And the reason I'm sharing this long status isn't to just say that, but to really say to everyone at Collegium, everyone still in high school -- take advantage of every opportunity you get. Have as many conversations with your teachers as you can, and listen to them. Seriously.
I was so fortunate to have teachers that motivated me, made me work hard, and made me struggle to succeed. What Esche reminded me of today is that the struggle only gets harder, and I have to do whatever I can to overcome it.
Thanks, Esche. And thank you to all my teachers. Ever.