Managed to the end
Everyone at Northwood has that one extracurricular activity they identify the most with, be it music, speech and debate, drama or sports. From my freshman year to the middle of my sophomore year, I dabbled in numerous activities, from basketball to Model United Nations, thinking each would fulfill my niche at Northwood. But now, as a somewhat wiser version of my former confused freshman self, I am proud to say I identify the most with The Howler.
I’ll always remember my first time walking into The Howler, scared out of my mind by all the new faces. I’ll always remember shamelessly walking up to random students at lunch to get that final quote to fill in my article. I’ll always remember my embarrassment after misspelling a word in my first issue as sports editor. And I’ll certainly remember how I “managed” the staff through each and every final deadline.
Throughout my four years, I’ve repeatedly heard students complaining about the academic rigor, or competing with each other on who gets the least amount of sleep and who has the most board positions. And I’d be lying if I said that I had never felt insecure by the sheer number of accomplishments and activities of my peers at Northwood. But yet, I’ve grown to love Northwood’s competitive yet friendly atmosphere. And personally, I cannot see myself being as successful at any other high school.
For those, like myself, who are concerned about life after high school, just remember that Northwood has prepared us for this. Northwood has prepared us to cope with high levels of stress, both inside and outside the classroom. Northwood has prepared us to find that perfect balance between focusing on schoolwork and having fun. Northwood has prepared us to excel in any subject while making long-lasting relationships with students and teachers. The only thing left for us to do is to proudly carry on the legacy of the Timberwolf in whatever the future holds.