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When I leave high school next month, one of my biggest regrets will be something I can’t change — I wish I could have taken more classes. I’m not a masochist who enjoys the stress of school, and I’m not wanting to have been able to trade a science class for an elective. Instead, I just want to have learned more.

I can’t imagine a day without learning. Sometimes, my learning comes from an insightful article; others, it’s because of an interesting lecture in one of my classes; still others, it’s based on an experience I had. To me, the source of what I learned doesn’t matter as much as finding out something new about the world.

As I near the end of my senior year, I’m starting to notice my drive to learn decreasing. Some may call it senioritis, but to me, it just feels like I’m ready to move on. I know I’ll be in college in a few more months, where I’ll be exposed to myriad learning opportunities, so part of me is just counting the days until then.

At the same time, I don’t think anyone should give up on learning in high school, even if it’s a month before graduation. High school is the last opportunity we’ll have to learn a variety of subjects, for free, from knowledgeable people. Let’s make the most of it, and whatever other learning opportunities we find afterward.

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