My high school, Stuyvesant, was an intense roller coaster of stress, pain, and work, as well as excitement, curiosity, and fun. I've worked harder than I have ever worked for some classes there, lasting through many sleepless nights studying or coding. I've also made some of my closest friends and most cherished memories-- bus rides, late hotel roaming, and competing with my teammates from Science Olympiad, winning point after stressful point in school tennis matches with my team shouting from the other side of the fence, and hanging out with a bustling crowd of familiar faces in my school's atrium. Yet, it's a very self-made experience in that one must physically make the effort in reaching out to others and making connections. It's really a great training for the real world, and I would definitely spend my four high school years here again given the choice.