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These Four Years

By Cindy Guo

Seniors have recently heard back from all, if not most, of the colleges they applied to. These seniors were born in the year 2000, making competition more insane than it has ever been before.

It’s okay to be upset, and it’s okay to know that you truly deserve better, but it’s important to remember that you’ll learn to be happy and successful wherever you attend college. Afterall, gold will shine no matter what happens.

If you’re a senior, I hope you can look back on these four years of your life and know that no matter the decisions you receive, you haven’t wasted four years of your life. Too many people work hard for the As and indulge in extracurriculars just so colleges will be impressed by them, often without realizing that their four years of high school serve only as stepping stones to college. However, no matter how great college will be for you, you’ve wasted these four years of your life if you only focused on the results.

If you’re an underclassman, I hope you can reflect on your high school journey so far and be happy with it. You will be stressed and upset at least a couple of times in high school, but remember that these four years cannot go to waste. Make these four years fulfilling by doing what you love, improving your skills, and finding your passions.

I know it’s hard right now, but it’ll be okay. In a year, we’ll be laughing at all the tears we’ve shed this year.

About Cindy Guo

Cindy is senior at Henry M. Gunn High School and is incredibly honored to be a part of the Rising Star Magazine team. She enjoys belting out Disney songs, playing piano, watching Chinese dramas, and babysitting. Cindy serves as California DECA's VP of Silicon Valley and is also the singing teacher at FCSN and the President of HEARTS Nonprofit. She can be contacted at [email protected]

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