I began going to West High School my freshman year and am soon to graduate in 2016. I plan on attending college, and with this school's classes, it has really helped me grow as an individual. I remember being scared the day before going my freshman year because I didn't really know anyone, and I wasn't sure that I was going to make friends. After the first day, I realized that most of the other new students were in the same boat that I was in and we were able to make groups to get through the year. Though some of the people I met freshman year have moved, and there are some people that I no longer talk to, I realize that people change. I am still close to some of my friends that I met when I first got to West High School, but even though I lost touch with others, it makes me understand that things change in both negative and positive ways. Eventually, I found my closer friends, through classes, sports, and other endeavors. Though I am not in any defined "group," I know who I can lean on, and get along with most other people. I have been through points where I have helped friends with insane homework, depression and eating disorders, and lost friends to suicide and drunk driving.Despite the hardships of those experiences, they have helped me grow to who I am today. The relationships I have made throughout my high school career has inspired me to find a career which somehow helps people in the future. I know that I want to work with different people from different parts around the world and help bring joy to all people's lives. Some people look at high school for all the extracurricular activities, AP classes, clubs, activities, and sports that they can participate in, but I see school as more than that. West high school has a rigorous academic program and we win state championships, but instead of a certificate on a piece of paper, I try to focus on personal relationships with people that can support me for the future, something that can last a lifetime.