Reflection — Learn to forgive yourself

July 8, 2014

By Sophie Mittelstaedt

It’s strange to think that I am approaching the end of my second year as a writer for The Beat. Not only that, but the end of junior year.

Junior year was definitely as stressful and exhausting as my friends and teachers warned me it would be, if not more. While I am grateful to have this year behind me, I am thankful for everything I learned and how I have grown — not only as a student, but as a person.

Sophie Mittelstaedt Issaquah High School

Sophie Mittelstaedt
Issaquah High School

I discovered the importance of perspective. If you forget an assignment in the car, pull an all-nighter to finish a paper or fail a chemistry exam (I have done all three), it is not the end of the world.

It’s more important to forgive ourselves and acknowledge how insignificant these things will seem in several years. I learned that a negative outlook will have a heavier impact on your life than a poor grade every once in a while.

Perspective is a useful tool because it highlights the things that matter. When I reflect on high school later in life, I doubt the “F” on my chemistry test will even cross my mind.

The Beat, however, is an example of something I will remember. It has been a positive means of connecting to Issaquah High School and the surrounding community, in addition to the other schools and communities nearby. I am thankful to have had this opportunity and look forward to another meaningful year with The Beat.

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