As a busy high school student, I sometimes find it difficult to simply sit still and relax. However, the time I do spend "relaxing" is spent differently than that of many teenagers. When I manage to break away from homework and extracurricular activities, I can usually be found watching political news shows or scouring college websites. I often hear fellow students complaining of boredom or of having no idea what they want to do with the rest of their lives - I could not be any more of a polar opposite. Instead of having nothing to do, I am always looking through my very full and yes, color-coded agenda. Rather than having no idea what I want to do after high school, I know exactly where I want to attend college. In case I do not get into my number one school, the University of Florida, I even have a backup list of my top seven universities. I pride myself on being studious, and am involved in FFA, a national youth organization that promotes agriculture education and leadership. I am constantly working on some sort of project, whether for school or for FFA. When I am not relaxing, I am normally catching up on homework or helping plan the next event for my FFA chapter. I lead a busy life, but I would not have it any other way. As I like to put it, I thrive on chaos. I live for late nights spent tirelessly pouring over record books for fair animals, and nights spent finishing up a project due the next morning. I live for weekends spent at FFA conferences gaining agriculture knowledge, and weekends spent writing a research paper I procrastinated on. I live for the moments before an FFA competition while I attempt to study and retain a bit of final information or the moments before I take a final exam, glancing over my study guide one last time. I live for early-morning practices for FFA competition teams, and early-morning study sessions with my friends before a math test.
Everything about my life is hectic, but I absolutely love it. I love the sense of always being busy and never knowing what crazy event might be thrown at me next. This - my crazy, chaotic, hectic life - is what I will be writing about in this column. I have been blessed with the opportunity to share my story and perspective with all of you through this column. Whether positive or negative, pieces of the story of my life will be published here. I will do my best to provide an honest and insightful opinion on the daily happenings of my life and community. My very talented predecessor, Jared Lang consistently delivered well-written, personal columns; I look forward to emulating that, and wish him much success in his future endeavors. My columns will offer snippets of my life, whether telling about one of the many awkward (and often hilarious) situations I manage to get myself into, or my views on prominent news stories. Although many people would consider writing an academic activity, for me, writing this column will fall under my relaxation time. I get to lay on the couch in my pajamas with music blaring in the background and write about life. Although many people may think of writing as a tedious task, I view it as a relaxing way to take a break from my chaotic schedule. I cannot wait to begin my journey of writing this column and sharing my story with you!