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Living life with Leila

It’s crazy to think that we have less than nine weeks left of school… this year has been the shortest but also the longest year of my life. It seems like only yesterday I was walking through the doors of Clements for my first time, yet a lifetime ago considering how much I’ve grown and changed in such a little amount of time.


A unique part of being a new student is that you get to see everything with a fresh perspective. Whether that be with the people you meet, or the school itself. You definitely go through a lot of friends when you are first adjusting because in reality, the people who initially show you around don’t always end up becoming your best friend. You have to look for yourself in other people and find where you “fit.”


For me, I found my place in newspaper.


When I first transferred here, I thought I had everything I needed from my past newspaper experience and really didn’t even plan on joining this year. Thankfully, my intuition told me to give it a chance. Over time I realized that we became more than five students writing some stories on a website that only 30% of the student body know exists, we became a family.


You come into a place thinking you have it all together, but the truth is you don’t know how much you’re going to change until it happens and you’re left looking back at how far you’ve come.


I eat lunch with these people, I talk to them about my life and they talk to me about theirs, and they make me love what I’m doing more than I could’ve possibly imagined. I know with journalism and the multitude of papers I write, I should have some sort of way to express the amount of love I have for my newspaper crew, but there truly are no words. That’s how much they matter to me.


I have learned that high school isn’t just the four quarters or a series of countdowns. It’s so easy to get caught up in the rush and stress of it all, but you have to remember to live a little. You have to remember to love yourself and to love others. Where we are right now encompasses the moments and memories that we’ll carry with us for the rest of our lives, so make it worth living for.


I am so incredibly sad that these are my last weeks with my two favorite seniors, Abby and Scott, but I am also so incredibly happy to see them move on with their lives and accomplish amazing things.


For the last three weeks I have with my newspaper family, I am going to do everything I can to make the most of what we have and to never lose sight of the hard work and love that has gone into our paper. Because it’s more than just a paper. It’s our lives.

Living life with Leila