I always thought the saying “high school goes by fast” was untrue. Whenever I’d meet my older relatives or family friends, they’d ask me what grade I was in, and I’d respond with 9th or 10th. I remember they would always say, “ Enjoy being young because high school goes by very fast.” At the time, life was going by very slowly but now as a senior graduating in a week, that saying is very true.
High school went by in the blink of an eye. I feel like freshman year was last month and junior year was yesterday. It’s crazy to think about how I’ll be moving over 2,000 miles away from home and beginning the rest of my life. It’s such a weird feeling and it hasn’t quite hit me yet. Spending senior year online was definitely not as I envisioned as a child. It was a very odd experience. I had to learn how to apply for college by myself and how to manage my time. This year definitely made me grow up faster and plan my future.
I’m so happy to say I’m attending Howard University this fall and majoring in journalism. Writing has been a huge part of my life since I was in middle school. I loved to write poetry and short essays in English class, and I knew that was something I could possibly do in the future. I used to watch movies like, “13 going on 30” or “The Devil Wears Prada”, and I remember loving the fashion journalist career. Planning the latest magazine issue and editing the latest columns was my dream job. I decided that becoming a journalist was something I wanted to pursue.
I hope to become a fashion journalist in the future and help make the magazine industry more inclusive through my writing. If you’ve seen the latest magazines today, they’re filled with ads and celebrities, but I want to include real people and real stories. Representation is very important and younger children should see themselves in the media. I can’t wait to attend an HBCU and learn from Black professors who have worked in the magazine industry as well. Going to Howard is going to be such an amazing experience and I’m so happy I’m going!
I’m very excited to start the next chapter of my life. It’s going to be super different but I’m ready to mature and become the best version of myself. I’m thankful for everyone in my life who has helped me reach my goals and dreams. So many different teachers and instructors have inspired me throughout high school and have helped me reach my full potential. Thank you to iUrban Teen and especially to Deena Pierott for everything. I’m so happy and grateful that I’m a part of iUrban Teen!