As I approach graduation, I've been reflecting on just what it is I gained from my high school experience. Was it purely academic knowledge that I received? Did I only participate in activities and sports to have something to fill time? What was it that I really took away from four years of high school? Sure, I did acquire a wealth of academic knowledge (hence why Judge is a "college preparatory" school), and yes, being involved was one of the best parts about high school, but I believe my high school experience was more than just that. I believe over my four years of high school I learned many invaluable lessons that no textbook, soccer coach, math problem, or voice instructor gave me. Amongst those lessons, one word comes to mind-embrace. High school taught me to embrace life as it comes, to embrace the relationships, challenges, hardships, celebrations, and everything in between that life can throw at you. I learned in high school that many things, well, most things, don't come as planned. No matter how planned out one can have his/her life, things are bound to get changed somewhere, sometime. But I've learned to embrace those changes.