Walking up the main staircase Trinity High School my freshman year, I was dazzled by the sun peeking through the window. As figures moved past me and eyes finally adjusted to the light I realized something pivotal in that moment: I had no idea where I was going. In my comical terror, I walked the three flights of stairs it took to get to my locker and started my day. The day was a whirlwind of running, teachers nodding reassuringly, and panic. I could not fathom the day that I would understand how to get through the school or possibly do all the tasks expected of me by my teachers. It was truly unthinkable for me to be where I am today. I am a leader and advisor, I have guided those who have become lost. I was given wonderful opportunities that could only be found in a place as unique and astounding community as Trinity. At Trinity, I got to experience true love and community. My time at Trinity has given me the misfortune of knowing what true downfalls are, but Trinity also taught me how to rise up out over your adversities while taking those around me with me. I will miss the people at Trinity immensely, but now I know how to go out into the world and accomplish what I want in the future. My journey to college has been one, unlike many others. I didn’t have a top choice or first pick for a university. I only had areas of interest and a few solid ideas of where I would be happy to be as an adult. I will study creative writing, history, and anthropology. After university, I wanted to be an editor and have my writing be published. I knew wherever I went to get a higher education. I wanted to see and do more than I did at Trinity, which would be a challenge. I made sure all the schools I applied to schools that gave me the opportunity to study and travel. I know that no matter what I do or where I am going that I have the aspiration of the generations before me lifting me up. My college acceptance experience was less about going to the school of my dreams and more about becoming a dream myself. To be a dream come true I must succeed no matter where life takes me. I want to achieve the impossible and do the improbable not only for myself but for those who have made sacrifices in dedication to me. The legacy I want to leave behind at Trinity and the world is simple: You do not have to know where you are going all the time because sometimes the only way to be found is to get lost. As I move forward in my life to DePaul University, the moment I walk onto that campus needless to say I will be lost and ready to start the next chapter of my life.
Chloe Theus, Komarek Elementary, North Riverside
DePaul University, Chicago