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Student voices: Wrapping things up at RHS

I'm not quite done with high school, but I am getting close. I have about five weeks left until I graduate, which I haven't quite comprehended because this school year has gone by faster than any other year. It also doesn't help that the weather hasn't quite caught up to what time of year it is.

In my years of high school, I have learned a great deal, and not just academically. I have changed a lot as a person. I feel like now I can share some of the things I have learned or come to realize in my final few weeks pre-graduation.

First of all, I think it goes without saying that everyone needs to find something they really like to do and just do it. You don't necessarily have to be the best, but it is important to find that one thing you are passionate about and go after it. This is especially relevant in high school, because I have seen many people quit playing a sport or give up an activity they were passionate about because it was "too much work" or took up an excessive amount of time they did not want to commit. However, making a commitment to one thing will result in tremendous growth and provide a distraction from the stress that comes with the academic side of high school.

My number one piece of advice would be to get involved in something you like to do because you are passionate about it, and not because you want the activity to improve your reputation or inflate college applications.

I would also recommend branching out of your comfort zone -- socially and academically. I took classes in high school that I never thought I would be able to handle and succeeded. Likewise, I am friends with people I never thought I would get along with. Branching out and reaching beyond your own little bubble will offer new opportunities and allow you to grow as a person. This is applicable to situations beyond high school, and I personally hope to practice this next year in college.

With that, my favorite activity of the year, OnStage, is approaching next weekend with previews Tuesday and Wednesday, and shows Thursday through Sunday. Dance was the one thing, beyond academics, that I have focused on, not just in high school but throughout my life. Now, combining with other performers that I previously thought I would probably never share the stage with, I feel like I am a part of something bigger. I have grown as a dancer and branched out through this amazing opportunity. OnStage is an unforgettable production that I have enjoyed participating in for the past few years. Each component of the show -- singers, dancers, tech crew, the band -- are equally important. I am proud to participate in an activity that encompasses both of my biggest realizations in high school, to go after your passion and branch out, and even more excited to wrap up my time at Rosemount High School making amazing memories.