I had spent my whole life planning everything – what AP classes I needed to take in high school to get into the college I dreamed about, far away from home, what courses to take in college, what study abroad program to attend, what actions I needed to take to propel myself as far away from where I was as possible. And it had fallen through.
One of the things that’s helped me the most with this in the last year is being in a relationship.
The year is 2005. I’ve just started high school. I was accepted into an accelerated program at a school in a different neighborhood than my own. I don’t know anyone there. I have no friends.