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End of Year Reflection → By Kristin Lau (‘19)


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ow, that we’re nearing the end of 2018, it’s finally hit me: I’m a senior. This is my last year of high school. It won’t be long until I’m heading off to college and starting another chapter of my life. All this time, I’ve just been going through the motions, focusing on completing all my assignments and running various meetings for clubs. But, now that everything’s coming to a close, it’s really starting to sink in. I’ve started to reflect and look back on everything that’s happened this past year, both the good and the bad. As I head down memory lane, I’ve been revisiting all of my fond memories with friends and classmates. From grade level camps to hardcore Spirit Week competitions, my overall high school experience at HBA has been absolutely unforgettable. For the first time, I realized that I’m going to miss all the simple things that I do in my daily life. I never noticed how I’m going to lose all of my daily talks with friends at lunch or how I will soon be longing for my mother’s famous “chicken surprise” stir fry if I go away for college. Until now, I never thought that I should stop for a moment and take some time to appreciate all the small things in my life. I’ve also come to find that there are several things that I wish I had done sooner. I wouldn’t say that I regret any of my past decisions; instead, I feel that there’s so much more that I could’ve done to make the most out of my limited time at HBA. As a shy underclassman, I never pushed myself and just settled for whatever was required or the bare minimum. It wasn’t until sophomore and junior year that I joined multiple clubs and other extracurricular activities to meet people outside of my grade as well as gain more experiences. Once I got more involved in high school, I discovered that going outside of my comfort zone led me to grow in both knowledge and character, allowing me to not be afraid of voicing my opinions and using my ideas to implement change. So, if you’re a senior like me, I would say cherish your time and memories at HBA by making every day count. Although most us are mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausted from the past four years of school, don’t give up. Keep pushing to the very end to finish your time at HBA with a bang. For those who still have time left in high school, you should try to be more intentional about what you do with your time. Instead of mindlessly taking up extracurriculars to pad your college application, enjoy your whole high school experience by doing things you’re truly passionate about while pushing yourself to go beyond what’s expected in the classroom. As bestselling author and businessman Harvey Mackay said, “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. And, once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back.”

Cover Photo By Jarin Ashimine (‘20)

Talent Daisy the Beagle Trained by Mrs. Linda Young, parent of Kristin Lau (‘19)

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EAGLE EYE TEAM EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Kristin Lau (‘19) STAFF Jarin Ashimine (‘20) TJ Halemano-Reed (‘20) Jayni Ishikawa (‘19) Daniel Jurek (‘21) Marcus Mau (‘19) Kasandra Miao (‘19) Lance Tasaka (‘20) Zadie Young (‘21) Advisor Eunice Sim

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