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The quote that would most accurately sum up my life right now is youdont know what you have until its gone In the past week I havecertainly found deeper meaning in that quote than ever beforeLast year I did a bit of experimenting and made some choices thatmost would consider to be unwise While it was unfortunate that I madethese unfavorable decisions about how to spend the later part of myfreshman year I managed to get most of my teenage energy out of mysystem This was not the case however with a fair number of myclassmates this year Toward the end of freshman year I noticed thatthe class wasnt as cohesive as other classes and I felt separated frommany people in the class I felt alienated This was a new feeling forme because I am usually quite a social person and I always enjoyinteracting with my classmates Over the summer I did manage to hang out with a few friends fromschool and I thought things would possibly improve upon my return inthe fall However it became evident almost on the first day thatimprovement in the social situation wasnt in the cards On top of thenormal class incongruence it seemed that everyone had suddenly taken aninterest in drugs and alcohol something that I had gladly given up longbefore I did have friends but I felt that perhaps the reason we werefriends was because we felt equally estranged My self-esteem seemed tolessen every day I continued to feel excluded until one day I had abreakdown and decided the only way my situation could improve was if Ileft Northwest for another school My parents were reluctant as was Ito give up my incredible education but after much contemplation theydecided that it would be best if I made my own decision I decided totransfer to Shorewood High School in Shoreline which was convenient andranked as one of the top high
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