By Taylor Lee
After attending pre-school through high school in the Berthoud community and meeting a lot of friends through school and sports in this town — some who have stayed, others who have gone — I finally completed my time in the “12-year” club in the Thompson R2-J school district, and am starting the next chapter in my life.
In just a couple of weeks, I will be packing my bags and heading down to Sterling, where I plan to complete my pre-requisite classes for the Dental Hygiene program at Northeastern Junior College before I head off to hygiene school. Where? I’m not sure; I haven’t decided on a location yet.
For all of you soon-to-be seniors, I urge you to take advantage of all the opportunities that come your way. Join a new club, try a new sport or make some new friends, do anything to make your time in high school worthwhile. If you don’t take chances or risks when you look back you will be more likely to regret what you didn’t do then the things you did. Volunteer a ton because not only are you giving back to others and the community but, it looks good to colleges and employers, plus it can help you when you apply for scholarships. And speaking of scholarships, apply for as many of them that you can.
Even though I am more than ready to leave and start college, I’m sure that there are some aspects of high school, and the simplicity of living at home with my parents, that I will miss. But we all have to move on sometime and experience many new things. I have the opportunity to work at the college’s bookstore for work-study, so hopefully, that will give me another great opportunity to meet new people.
I am also very lucky to have a majority of my family residing in Sterling, so I will have some familiar faces only a couple of minutes away and a home-cooked meal waiting for me when I need one. What I am most looking forward to is meeting new people, gaining more knowledge, finding out who I am as a person even more then I already know and all of the memories and experiences that have yet to come.
I will always cherish the memories — good and bad — and hope there will be many more to come. Even though I have been through a lot with my friends here in Berthoud, it is now time for me to say “goodbye” to some and “see ya’ later” to others until I return next summer.