Published on Saturday, May 12, 2012 by Abel Lara
Well everybody it’s the end. This is my last article for the Norseman and as I get ready to graduate and start my life, I can’t help but look back and reflect on my four years at Bryan High. Each year was a struggle to not only graduate, but just to find myself.
Freshman year was my greatest year. It was a new school where the teachers didn’t know my past and I could be a new person. I found my amazing best friend who has become my other half, and the greatest teacher, Mrs. Dominy, who’s pretty much my mother, to help guide me through these four hectic years of high school. I was young and ready for a change in my life.
My teachers helped mold me into the person I am today. From Mrs. Robertson’s Spanish class to Mrs.Black’s algebra class which was my hardest subject,. These teachers accepted me for the wild,outspoken freshman I was.
Sophomore year, things became more difficult. Friends were coming and going without a care in the world and my happy little life did, in a sense, get turned upside down. I was starting to realize that I couldn’t get by anymore with borderline grades and making my teachers laugh. I remember Mrs. Berry told me that there should be a class devoted to me. When she said that it made me feel like I must be something different from my peers if a teacher was willing to learn about me. She is one teacher I’ll never forget.
Junior year, gosh, it truly was the hardest year for me. I was stuck in algebra I again for the third time. It was like the school didn’t care if I got the credit or not they just needed to stick me somewhere. My eyes were finally opened to the fact that I had a learning disability, but even though I m so liked by teachers and faculty here, I couldn’t understand why I felt like nobody wanted to help me.
Now it’s my senior year and throughout this year I have still felt it went unnoticed by anybody that I couldn’t do simple math, until finally, I got some help. Now, I’m trying to get two math credits in less than six weeks. I’ve been struggling, but I have my friends and Mrs. Dominy there to keeping from running away from all the stress that has been thrust upon me.
I’ve had to deal with a lot this year. Losing my best guy friend, who was like a brother to me, has been the hardest for me this entire year. He was always there for me, and now it’s like we’re complete strangers.
So much is lying heavy on my heart, like the fact that I don’t have the courage to even try for college, or the fact that I am so scared that I may not graduate. My mind never stops going. I know I am not the only one going through this, but I can’t help but feel like I’m drowning without anybody to save me because in the end, I have to save myself. I know now from this point on that to make it in this world, I have to get my head out of the clouds and back to earth.
I don’t know what the future has in store for me, but in some way I can’t say I want to know. I just know that I have to keep fighting and never lose myself because in the end, that’s the only thing I’ll always have. So as I finish my last article, I can’t help but thank all my readers for wanting to read about the eccentric world according to Abel.