It was a very Good Year

I was inspired to write this blog post after the Frank Sinatra song, named, “It Was a Very Good Year.” He reflects on his life as a 17, 21 and 35 year old man. Now, that I have completed 5 years in college, I feel the need to look back on my experiences as a high school senior.

In 2012, I was 17 going on 18. As a high school senior, my biggest priorities were to go to prom, graduate high school, get admitted to California State University, Long Beach (CSULB)and get my driver’s license. As a high school senior, I met a lot of people and worked really hard to get accepted to CSULB. I went to summer school and had to retake a few classes with juniors. I felt the pressure to get into a university because I did not want to disappoint my family and get stuck at a community college. I remember the butterflies in my stomach and the anxiety I felt, when I asked my friend to go to prom with me. After she said yes, I almost passed out and dropped to the floor. The only reason why I did not want to graduate high school is because I did not want to stop seeing my friends, everyday. Graduation was the most exciting and relieving time of my life, thus far. I had high hopes after graduation. After endangering the life of my parents for over a year, due to their driving lessons, I got my license. Now, my biggest goal was to get a job, buy a car and commute to school. When I was 17, it was a very good year.

Now, that it’s 2017 and I’m 22-years-old, I can look back at my past goals and problems and laugh. Sometimes, I wish that my biggest worry was to get a date to prom or worrying about getting into a university. Now, after 5 years, I’m excited to graduate college and enter my career. I joined a club on campus, kept in contact with most of my friends from high school and took some great classes. Once again, I’m worried about not being able to see my friends everyday, but social media has allowed the world to be more connected than ever.

Looking back on my high school graduation and reflecting on my upcoming college graduation, I can say that I had a great time and developed as a person. I look back and laugh about what I used to be stressed out about. I live my life with no regrets and thankful for all the things I’ve been through. I would not change a thing. Looking back, I will say, 2012 and 2017, were very good years.