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Student voices: Kassie reflects on four years of growth

As my senior year continues to blow by, I’m still in awe that I will soon be graduating. It seems like just yesterday I was going to school with these same people but we were just little kids in elementary school. It amazes me how much people can change throughout the years.

If I had to speak to a freshman about what their high school experience will consist of, I would definitely tell them that people change a lot. The people I knew in middle school are not the same, personality-wise, in high school. I know people become mature as they grow older but sometimes people just completely change personalities.

I recently turned 18 and now have a few more freedoms than I did a few months ago. Do I feel more mature? Not really. Do I like being 18? It’s alright. I feel exactly the same as I did when I was 17. Just like they say, age is just a number.

I don’t really feel like I have changed very drastically throughout high school. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

I am not going to lie, it scares me that after high school there will be 500-plus students like myself making decisions for ourselves, going to college, joining the armed forces, getting married, buying a house or even starting a family.

I’ve seen people in my grade do some of the things listed above and it is honestly an amazing thing to watch. I guess I am just not as independent as other people my age. I still depend on my parents, and I have a hard time making tough life decisions by myself. I still don’t even do my own laundry. I know I couldn’t do some of the things listed above. I give them kudos for being able to do these things and know what they want in life and actually go after it.

Yes, people grow a lot in high school. From being 14 years old and just merely a teenager when you enter high school, to eventually being a licensed driver, to being an 18 year old that can get tattoos, stay out late, buy cigarettes and go gambling. That is kind of a huge difference.

What I am trying to say is, be responsible throughout high school and make good choices. Unfortunately, we cannot stay young forever and rely on our parents for the rest of our lives. We eventually need to branch off and find out what we want to do for the rest of our life.

Don’t let it slip through your fingers by making bad choices and not putting forth effort. Nothing is impossible and high school is the perfect place to start your dreams.

Kassie Klasen is a senior at Rosemount High School. Her column appears every other week.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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