Student, Viroqua High School, Class of 2016,
High school is a time to express new ideas and find yourself as a human being. That is why getting involved into extracurricular activities and putting yourself out there is essential. Speaking as a high school senior attending Viroqua High, my experience has varied when it comes to extracurriculars. Throughout high school, I have put myself out there in multiple sports, as well as non-athletic extracurriculars and the experience has changed me for the better. As a side affect of getting involved, I now find myself my school's student council president, an avid member of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), co-chair of our yearbook staff, band student, senior/student representative to the school board, and more along the way for the year to come. Those being my non-athetics, my active sports extracurriculars include three years of varsity hockey as well as three years of track and field, a season of cross country where I was taken out of the season due to injury, summer tennis, and summer track where I help coach out future track team (young children). There is never a dull moment when it comes to getting involved inside my school. Though views among students may vary, the top three extracurriculars activities found within my school include track and field, football, and student council. As a student who is not in all of our extracurriculars offered at my school, it is rather hard to recommend them. So from my experience, I would absolutely recommend getting involved in some sort of student government inside your school. Words cannot even describe how being in student council has changed my life. Starting as a freshman, being shy and not very talkative, I made the decision of giving student council a chance. The following year if I decided to run for an office position and was elected vice president my sophomore year and my junior year. Now, as I already mentioned earlier, my last year I hold the position of student council president. My point being, student council has pushed my to excel in giving speeches to small and large groups of people, enhanced my self esteem, and has actually made me a better person through giving back to my community which I wish to continue as my life's path takes me on new adventures. Getting involved does not stop there though, I highly recommend getting involved in a active sport. For me, sports has changed my world even more than student council. Coming into high school as a freshman I was considerably overweigh, to the point where I could hardly stand to be around others, and now I honestly do not even recognize myself from my past, once miserable life. Track has pushed my body to the limits where my physique, physical and mental health has changed for the better. I am not saying that if one if overweight or has trouble accepting their body should go join track. I am just clearly stating that being involved has made me the person who I am today, the seventeen year old on the other side of the monitor answering this question. My final piece of advice that I say to everyone; get involved, do not be afraid to put yourself out there, try new things, meet new people, and if it does not work out, move on to the next and start over until you find where you being because everyone has a place on this earth, we just have to find it.