Appreciate before its too late

It’s the worst thing that can happen to in the middle of your high school career: moving.

I moved from Kansas just six months ago, transferring from Derby High School. I lived there from sixth grade to my sophomore year. Leaving my closest friends and the people that I love, when they have been by my side forever, is nerve-racking. Not having them there is the last thing I wanted to think about.

Walking through the halls at FHN the very first day of school, I felt like a freshman all over again. But just like any other high school, I found my way around. I hated being a junior, going to my classes and not knowing anyone in there. If I was in Derby, I’d be saying, “Hey! How was your summer?” to one of my friends; but instead, everyone else is talking to their friends, while I sit by myself, waiting for the bell to ring.

Going from a Panthers cheerleader to a Knights cheerleader didn’t happen over night, either. I didn’t know if I was going to be able to continue cheering my junior and senior year. I sent in a video showcasing my skills to Coach T’Neshia Harris, and she put me on Varsity, where I am today. Being “that new girl” is a lot better than I had imagined.

Being involved in extracurricular activities makes high school more fun because you meet new people, and it takes your mind off of things. Don’t get me wrong, I still really miss Kansas and all the people in it, but if I wasn’t here, I would be missing out on the opportunity to meet new people.

If I could give any advice, it would be to really appreciate what you have, because, unfortunately, you never know when something that could change your life is going to happen. And to all you new kids just like me, hang in there, it’s going to get better. I promise, if you just give it a chance, you will find that change isn’t always a bad thing.