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Senior Opinion: Let yourself live

JagWire and Mill Valley News editor-in-chief Emma Clement advises students to take time for themselves
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By Submitted by Emma Clement

Beginning early on in my childhood, I had a plan for my life. At first it was to become an astronaut, then to attend an Ivy League college, then run for president; the list went on and on. My ambition motivated me through my pre-teen years and even when my specific plans fell away, I continued through high school with the same vigor. However, now that I’m approaching graduation I’ve come to the realization that I never really took the time to experience high school.

By Submitted by Emma Clement

Throughout middle and high school, I threw myself into clubs and activities; so much so that I had very little time to just relax. I don’t regret getting involved in extracurriculars: I have enjoyed every single thing I’ve been involved in, but it was too much.

Having time to spend with friends and family, read a book or just exist were rare occurrences for me in high school. I was happy with the things I did fill my time with, but I can’t lie, it was exhausting at times.

If I had one recommendation for incoming freshmen, it would still be to get involved, but with caution. Joining everything can be incredibly fulfilling, but it often leads to more stress than it’s worth.

Getting involved in the activities that are truly an interest is so worth it, but so is having the time to take a breath and relax. If I could go back and do it all again, I would tell myself to save time to just live life.

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Emma Clement
Emma Clement, JagWire editor-in-chief, Mill Valley News editor-in-chief
This is senior Emma Clement’s third year on the JagWire staff. This year she is JagWire and Mill Valley News editor-in-chief, in addition to being a writer and designer for the newspaper. When she is not working on journalism, Emma enjoys reading, drawing, painting, watching TV shows and spending time with friends and family. She is also involved at Mill Valley as NHS president, Spanish NHS vice president, Youth for Refugees president, Model UN president, NAHS vice president and is a member of NEHS, Scholar’s Bowl and Women’s Empowerment Club. Outside of school, Emma works at Pinnacle Gymnastics as a gymnastics coach and is on the editorial board for elementia, the Johnson County Library’s teen literary magazine.

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