Reflecting back on my high school experience as a whole, I realize that my school was not simply a place I was required to be, or just a building filled with teachers doing the bare minimum in order to meet county standards. Rather, it was a great school that I have had the privilege of attending, with teachers and a staff who are genuinely invested in the lives of their students. I go to Beech High School, a public school in Middle Tennessee with roughly 1,200 total students. Although a relatively large public school in the area, the Beech community is so tightly knit that it feels like family. During my time in high school, I have not only had a phenomenal education, but also created lifelong bonds with my fellow students, teachers, and the faculty of the school. In my time in high school, I have had the privilege of being involved in student government, cheerleading, choir, FCA, and Beta Club. None of these activities would have been possible without teachers who were willing to sacrifice their time to be a sponsor for each club or activity. From hearing from my choir teacher say that, “Early is is on time, on time is late, and late is unacceptable,” to hearing our principal say during the afternoon announcements, “We love you, we believe in you, and there is absolutely, positively nothing you can do about it,” all day we have had adults believe, teach, and invest in us. The lessons my teachers have taught me by getting to know me individually have not only influenced me during my high school career, but will stay with me throughout college and the rest of my life. One thing that has been prevalent to me in the past four years is how much the teachers really care about the students. Through coping with the death of a fellow student, helping families with financial struggle, and encouraging community service, it has been incredible to see how everyone comes together for the good of our community. I can confidently say that I am a better person because of the public high school I attended and the teachers who have gone above and beyond to help us achieve our goals in and outside of the classroom.