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I Wish Then What I Know Now

Rebecca Wirth

Sunday, April 6, 2014 • 4:35pm

Being from a school of only 600 students and a town of 12,000 people, most New Providence High School students cannot wait to graduate and leave this town.  I was one of these kids.  Throughout my high school career I anxiously waited for June of 2014 to arrive, and constantly thought about where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do after high school was over. Now that graduation is only a few months away, I've had a lot of time to reflect and think about my entire high school career: my academic experience, athletic and club experiences, friendships, and unforgettable school events.  Although it has taken me almost four years to realize this, New Providence High School has taught me the true meaning of community.

Community- a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. This was one of the first definitions that appeared when I googled the word community, and I immediately thought of New Providence High School after reading it.  One may argue that every student has a unique aspiration and different interests from one another, but almost every New Providence High School student share one common interest: love for the Pioneers.  School spirit at NPHS is contagious, and every student is proud to be a Pioneer.  It is amazing to see how students can come together and support their school.  I saw these enthusiastic groups at football games, basketball games, music concerts and school productions.  In my eyes, New Providence High School is the true definition of a community.  I see a community when students are chanting "roll 'neers!" and are covered in green body paint at football games.  I see a community when I hear students applauding for their friends performing at voice recitals and musicals.  My appreciation for the New Providence High School community only became  during my senior year.  So my advice to the underclassmen is to recognize and treasure it for the remainder of their high school careers.  

I will be attending a college literally ten times the size of New Providence High School that is 1,527 miles away.  I am absolutely exhilarated, but also absolutely terrified.  Will I fit in with this new community?  I hope so.  As I am making this transition into a college though, I know I will try my hardest to represent the New Providence community well.  I will bring the spirit and excitement that surrounded me for four wonderful years to this new place, and appreciate every minute I have in this new chapter of my life.
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