Icebreakers: Tacky, unsettling and dreadfully telling of my high school career

I’ve realized that I’ve been doing high school kind of wrong.

I was recently forced into playing one of those icebreaker games, where you have to share your name and one of your hobbies.

In elementary school, the questions of “What are you good at?” and “What do you like to do for fun?” were easy to answer – sidewalk chalk art, riding bikes, sculpting masterpieces with Play Dough.

But since I couldn’t answer any of these, as I’m in high school now, I had to sit and think about my answer to the icebreaker.

“Well, I guess my hobby would have to be, uhm, school?”

I should’ve just made up that I rock climb.

But it’s the sad, unfortunate truth. The only thing I ever have time for anymore is school. It has become difficult to spend time with my friends and family, and as a senior, it’s all that I want to do, knowing I’ll be venturing out of Montoursville after graduation.

And it’s all my fault.

I chose to involve myself into multiple clubs and activities to feel like I’m part of something, and to feel like I have an important role.

But because I have to partition my time between all of these different activities, I can’t truly devote myself to one specific thing. And I feel like this can take away from a person’s individuality.

It would’ve been much more rewarding if I had just picked one thing to focus on in high school, one certain thing that I could enjoy and get really good at.

If I had to go back and start high school over, I would’ve only taken a few AP classes, been a member of two clubs maximum, and I would’ve taken a ballet class.

A ballet class would be so wonderful right now. I’m tired of being a student, I just want to be a darn ballerina.

But I could never find the time between all of my school work, my job, Key Club activities, Science Honors Society meetings, field trips here and running to events there.

So I believe that I missed out in finding my individuality in high school, finding what I’m really good at, finding what I should devote my time and energy to.

If you enjoy theater arts, stick to that and only that. Or if you enjoy science, playing in the band, community service — whatever you have a knack for, go with it. Don’t try to stretch yourself out over a ridiculous amount of activities.

You will enjoy yourself more in the end.

I plan to go to college after high school, so, lesson learned; I’m not going to make the same mistake again.

I’m going to only involve myself in a few things that I know I will enjoy and can happily devote myself to.

And darn it, I’m going to take a ballet class, and have time for it.

So for you underclassmen, you still have the chance to figure out where you’re going to thrive. Find what you enjoy and get good at it.

And when you hear teachers and friends say “get involved!” don’t overdo it.