August 21st was my first day of high school! Even though butterflies fluttered in my stomach, I was super excited! The first day was only freshmen so that they could get their locker combinations, meet their teachers, and become acclimated to the building. The second day, EVERYONE was there: sophomores, juniors, seniors, and all the staff…and you had to follow your schedule and experience each class.
Many problems occurred to me during that day: I went to the wrong class first period thinking that I was in the right room, I couldn’t open my locker when everyone else seemed able to on the first try, and I even lost my books for a short period of time. It was a crazy, overwhelming, and stress-filled day.
At the end of my last class, all I wanted to do was crawl into the fetal position and cry. I felt that would not be able to survive high school. I did indeed have my good cry and afterwards, I spent time thinking by myself in my room for a while and talking to my mother and my Nonna, two powerful, intellectual, and just plain awesome women in my life. I soon was at peace.\
After all of the day’s stressful events, this was my conclusion. As humans, we are pretty amazing creatures. We create, inspire, inquire, and make mistakes. I know for a fact that at times I can even over-achieve or expect to be able to do something immediately, and I think that it’s true for all of us. But when you are not very skilled at something when other people are, you can feel inferior. But in reality, there are plenty of other people that feel the same way. When I calmed down and thought about it, I realized I couldn’t have been the only one who was having a hard time adjusting.
Our challenges make us better learners, achievers, and human. After all, by persevering through obstacles, making and learning from mistakes, don’t we become better at doing things…and better versions of ourselves!
Never give up. Great things take time.
Lillian Groth is an aspiring writer from St. Clair Shores where she lives with her mom, dad, and dog, Pepper. She is a freshman at Regina High School where she is an Honors student, member of Choral Ensemble, Drama Club, BASE, S.A.D.D., and, RHS Ambassadors. Her hobbies include reading, writing, dance, singing, running, and theater. She is now a volunteer of A Beautiful Me and is excited to bond and share with other amazing, powerful women.