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A Letter to My 9th Grade Self

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Hey, what’s up mini me!

I remember your baby face and bald head, but you are killing it don’t worry! But, I mean, any day now you can grow your hair out – you don’t need to wait two more years. Grow it out now – buzz cut is not the way to go, kid. But hey, you will learn! You are going to grow and mature, mentally and physically, beyond your comprehension over the next four years, so stop rushing! Take your time. You are going to learn that freshman and sophomore year will be your favorites. Everyone will still be friends, and everyone is so innocent.

Nothing too major in your life has happened yet, and your biggest love is a couple years away – varsity football, your favorite sport for the past decade. You will start out on the JV team, and will have a good year looking up to the varsity players and keeping a close eye on A.J. Buchanan. The coaches will be comparing you to him, and they have high expectations. That same year he will set the record that you will set out to beat. It will always drive you, and when you get pulled up sophomore year, you are thrilled to get a crack at it early. You will be so focused on that record over the next two years that you will miss a lot of little details. Enjoy the game big guy, because when senior year rolls around, you won’t even think about the record; you will just think about leading the team to wins. You’ll have a couple seasons that fall short, but also a couple seasons that will turned out better than ever imagined… but in a totally different sport.

Lacrosse will flood into your life and you will fall in love with the game. You will win your first section title sophomore year and repeat junior year. It’s one of the best feelings in your life, and you won’t be able to get enough of it, especially with Mitri always talking in your ear. You will eventually be convinced to try and play in college. Dude, you are going to go to college! You will apply to three great engineering colleges and have a hard decision to make (that I still don’t know the answer to.)

Most importantly, you will understand how much fun you had with your sister and how important she was to you. She will graduate early, messing up your whole driving plan, and you will have to take the bus for another year! Selfish decision on her part, I agree, too. But more importantly, you will miss her. She always taught you stuff and showed you what to do when you were lost. She always had your back and told you what not to do. She might be a little bossy and a brat, but you love her, so tell her that every now and then. Not too much, though… she’ll get the hint.

Well, that’s all I got for you, big man. You haven’t had too many challenges in your life, and you aren’t really asking for them! You love your life and are always excited to learn and try new things. Your family has your back and will help you through anything. Just remember to always stay humble and stay tough. Signing off for now. See you soon.

-Senior Jason

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