I’m glad, but upset to say I felt different when autumn came around this year. It feels like yesterday was just summer vacation and now we’re already 2 weeks into autumn. Time goes by quickly when you’re busy and having fun. When I was younger, I used to be very excited for autumn to come because it was time to go back to school with great people, the annoyingly hot weather cooled down, the leaves actually changed colors, and my favorite festive holidays were around the corner. Some of those things haven’t changed. I’m back at school now and my favorite holidays are coming up within the next two months! But do you remember back in elementary school when we had 4 distinct seasons? Now, it is sort of like one long summer with a hint of autumn and winter towards the end of the year. We are indeed getting older and everything has changed.

Of course, the season change is inevitable. Like the seasons, my life has been changing. Life was good when we were three years old and all we had to do was eat, play, and nap. I remember having a fun social activity on my first days of school in elementary school, as opposed to high school where you get assigned classes and go straight to classwork. When I was in elementary school, I aspired to become an actress or a singer—a girl can dream right? However, as I grew up, matured, and became more realistic; I’ve grown into a person who I would have never imagined being when I was seven years old. For the last four years in September, I’ve had counselors talk to me about how to get through my high school years and to find out what I want to do when I graduate. I’ve had the same response every year: I don’t know. It is currently college application season and I’ve been scrambling to get all of my achievements and personal statements together for applications to turn in before Thanksgiving break! My dreams and aspirations change countless times. Even now I am currently indecisive on what I want to major in—business or nursing science.

You will probably fail once or twice in your life, get your heart broken, learn that people always leave, and maybe even succeed at something you’ve tried hard at. Everything is constantly changing, and life does not stop for anybody. I’ve smiled, sweated, cried, failed, and worked really hard to get to where I am today. Now, I am approaching a point in my life where I will be closing the high school chapter of my life and opening a new one in college. Next month, I will be turning in my college applications to different universities and next year around this time, I will be in the real world. Although autumn is just a season, every year this season marks a new beginning.

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