Michael Jordan is one of the best basketball players of all time. In the league, he scored roughly 30 points per game and in high school; he scored about 25 points per game. I’m sure it was a little less in middle school, and so on. The point here is that he made progress, he started somewhere. I bet that if he looked back at some high school film, he would name many things he did incorrectly or he would laugh at how much he didn’t know “back then.” We can all do that. It may not be the same situation, but we can all look back and observe how we’ve changed over time.
I am no Michael Jordan, but there is something I love to do just as he loves to play basketball. I love to write. I have been writing for as long as I can remember. I love writing poetry, essays, stories, you name it! If it involves me writing it, I love it. Now, just because I love writing doesn’t mean I am as great as J.K. Rowling or John Green. I’m in high school, I still have plenty of learning to do, but like that transition from Michael Jordan’s middle school to high school career, I am better than I once was.
Recently I came across an article I wrote for my 5th grade school “newspaper.” It really made me think about how much I’ve improved as a writer. I couldn’t tell you how many essays I have written since 5th grade, and I could not tell you that I enjoyed writing every single one of those essays, but I could tell you that they played an enormous role in the evolution of my writing development. Every essay I get back I look over and see what I did wrong and I try to never make the same mistakes twice. When I write, I put effort into it, and I really try to impress my teachers.
Aside from essays, I love writing poems. Middle school was great because we got to write all kinds of poems. Once poems stopped being assigned in school, I wrote them for fun. If I was sitting in class bored, I’d pull out a piece of paper and just start writing my friend's little poems that rhyme. Usually I didn’t follow any rules to writing poetry, I would just make it funny, make it personal to the person I was writing it to, and give it away. Then in high school, I began writing poems for the Jon Jee, our school newspaper. I wrote about different topics, but I wrote them as poems. Writing in high school has definitely helped me grow as a writer and writing for the Jon Jee is probably one of the best decisions I have and will make in high school.
Joining Media as a freshman, I didn’t really know what to expect. I remember coming into class the very first day, seeing a few people I knew well because they were in my grade, seeing some people in my brother’s grade that I knew of, and then I remember seeing some “upperclassmen,” which was kind of intimidating. The second day of school, most of the people in my grade dropped the class, (except for my good friend and teammate Kaitlin Klies) so the only option I really had was to make new friends. Let me tell you something, these media kids mean the world to me and I am so glad I didn’t drop the class because I hardly knew anybody.
Throughout the year, Klies and I became more comfortable with the class; we even went around the school to sell our newspapers every week. With Miss Day, our advisor, and even though she is our teacher, to the media staff, she is our family. We are all one big family, and with every family come many, many inside jokes. For us, these are blaming everything on Drew Johnson, counting down the days to Brittany Smith’s breakdowns because stories were not submitted on time, waiting for Bailey Beisser to throw herself on the floor at least once a year, and so much more. This class has taught us all independence, responsibility, and self-identity. When we step into this classroom, you don’t need to be anything but yourself, which is the best feeling in the world. We have had this type of bond since we started writing for the newspaper and working on the yearbook together. The John Glenn Media Staff is the craziest, most talented, smart, special, and weirdest group of teenagers you’ll probably ever hear of, but that is what makes us, us. Now that we are moving online, I am excited to see the changes that come with this new transition. It will be a little weird not thinking about selling newspapers, but we are all anticipating what is ahead for us and are excited for this new opportunity.