At the end of high school I thought I had seen it all! I ran varsity Track and Cross Country, my grade point was in the high threes, I hung with the smart and popular crowd (we had one of those, so elitiest), I had a girlfriend that others thought was hot, and I took a decent load of AP classes. It's been two years plus change since my graduation from high school and I've been asked to go back to speak to some students for their AP English paper on maturity. Talking to the kids in that class really made me reflect on how far I've come. Today, I don't even remember the name of that girl that I dated in highschool or how/why we broke up. I don't remember why it was so cool to play varsity sports or why I paid 300 bucks for those ugly ass varsity letter jacket that I would never dare wear around campus. I don't understand why we thought we were better than everyone else, why we ostresized people who were not like us. I remember telling a new member of the group to never talk to "band geeks" ... for what reason, I can not imagine. So many seniors in that class, sitting before me. They seem so jaded by the trials and tribulations of life. Another few month and they'll be wild eyed freshmans again, I thought to myself... Another few month they'll start their learning proccess anew. In just a sort two years I've fallen in love (really), only to have my heart shattered. I learned to stand up again, after having been brutally beaten down. I learned to truely appreciate the friends that are truest to me, because they are worth more than all the money in the world. I discovered passion in what I study, not just ********ing through another class. I was torn apart, I was put back together... and in that proccess I grew, I matured. I saw the world in a different light. Answering those cocky questions from those high school seniors about college, I wondered to myself how I could possibly explain to them what is about to come. I realized that I could not. It's a journey that you can only understand once you've taken it. When you look back on how far you've walked since your childish immature days, what are your reflections?