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CHS Junior - Student Columnist
By Stephanie Madden

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Treasure Chest

Taking off for my last year of high school will be interesting, but looking at the past few years and how much I should have learned should be even better. Taking a fresh look at my high school and middle school years are eye opening for one, and they definitely give me a chance to laugh at myself. You would laugh at me too if you read some of the things I wrote in my old diaries.

Girls, if you have never looked back at old notes or journals, please do, and you will realize all the boys you have been nervous about, and all the middle school classes you used to really hate. Reading back in my journal was like looking at another more annoying and distracted me. I must have used instant messenger the most in my 8th grade year because everything in my school journals is written in AIM talk. I had more “lol” (laugh out loud) and “omg” (oh my gosh) than normal words.

Another great thing to look at, guy or girl, is the number of little crushes you used to have, or the friends you disliked for stealing your crushes. I had pages of “he talks to me, but I’m not sure if he’s talking or ‘talking talking’ to me” and all kinds of funny things that I really was concerned about at the time. It depends on who you are, but I am sure there are people who stressed over what people thought of their book covers, or what they brought for lunch.

I cannot remember the last time I wrote a note to someone, but from the collection I have in my room, I assume I used up a lot of trees. Those were the days when we couldn’t text in class, or hadn’t been brave enough to try to yet, and everyone would pass them around class and the hallways.

Old ways never die, but our modes of expressing our emotions do. Now if someone really annoys us, or we don’t like a class we can always write it on our Facebook status. Boy or girl we all have a need to let everyone know how we feel, and even though our priorities change, we definitely never miss a chance to express it.

As well as having a new outlook on how annoying I really was in middle school, I had a chance to go through some old memories, and remember why some of my old friendships lost their fires. When there’s nothing in the news to gossip about it is always fun to look in that old treasure chest and see how funny you really were back in the day.


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