Broadcaster Makenzy Bozosi

Broadcaster Makenzy Bozosi

Throughout my four years at Keller High School I have learned many things: who my true friends are, what really matters in life, how to choose my battles, live every moment to the fullest, and to never let someone’s words dictate who I choose to be.

It feels like yesterday that I was just a freshman walking into a whole new territory and embarking on a new life full of experiences I could have never imagined. Students from my middle school, ISMS, and another middle school, Keller Middle, fed into my new high school, a sea full of fresh meat and I was just a guppy with not a single friend in any of my classes. I learned how to put myself out there and meet new people because I had no other option. I had teachers and coaches tell me I wasn’t good enough; I had to learn how to not let the words of my elders affect who I wanted to be in life. Freshman year came to an end and I couldn’t have been more relieved to not be at the bottom of the food chain.

Next, sophomore year came around. Most people say that junior year is the hardest and worst year of high school. Not for me; sophomore year was easily where I struggled the most with academics and friendships. I feel like people started to really try new things and friendships since elementary school started to drift apart. New bonds began to form and people started to grow up. I got my license and a whole new level of freedom washed over me. I finally learned what it was like to be in control of my own life. This year came to an end; I had new friends, a new car, and a whole lot of freedom.

Junior year came around and I feel like this is when you really start to learn who your real friends are. I was finally an upperclassman and I felt so confident in who I was . . . that was until the seniors would put me back into my place. I was friends with many seniors and all they would tell me was, “Senior year goes by so fast; soak it in and live in every moment.” I just remember thinking how I wanted so badly to be a senior. Junior year was good though. I became friends with younger students than myself. I feel like it took me being an upperclassman to even acknowledge the underclassman. The older I get, the more I realize that age doesn’t matter (except if you’re a freshman, ‘cause then you’re most likely annoying). At the end of junior year I watched all of my senior friends have to say goodbye to their best friends, and all I kept thinking was “I have no idea how I’m going to be able to do that in a year.”

Then it was finally here; senior year came so quick and it went by even faster. I listened to the previous seniors and I lived in every moment I could. I sat front row at every football game and baseball game. I went to a school play, watched our basketball team run back and forth for a whole game, dance performances, and many more. Senior year was the best year of my life because I didn’t miss one opportunity to spend time with my friends or family. I got so close to all of them, which is going to make saying goodbye that much harder. All year I had the thought of leaving home in a few months, and in every situation I faced the thought of if any of this would matter in a year. I stayed out of drama, I forgave and forgot negative things, and I lived my senior year to the fullest. Although there were many times that I wanted to stay in bed, I got up and went to those games or movies or late night drives, because you can watch Netflix whenever, but you only get one senior year. I’m about to graduate and leave everything I know behind to start a new life for myself, a new level of freedom that I have never experienced. Am I scared? Yes. Am I sad to have to leave my friends and family? Yes. Am I going to let my fears get in the way of my future? Absolutely not.

I am headed off to the University of Arkansas in the fall, which is about 348 miles from my hometown. I will be a little over five hours from my parents and doggy, but my future is ahead of me and I’ve barely even begun to live the life that I was meant for. My word of advice for all the upcoming seniors is to experience everything and regret nothing, because it goes by fast and you have a fresh start coming up real soon.