My grade 12 year, finally. Lots of people call this the year to have a good time with your friends, and go to as little classes as possible. But all throughout high school I made a choice to not take any spares. "You're crazy!" You may say... But I assure you my rational has a lot of meaning, and understand why I would do such a "crazy" thing might given you more insight into who I am. Since I hit grade 11, which is where you have the option to take spares I decided to be fully course loaded. I made this choice because of two reasons, I will let you in on the first. So it might sound clichè but knowledge is powerful. I think that being knowledgeable about as many things as you can opens up so many doors for you about the world around you. Because I decided to take a ton of different classes I feel like I know a lot of different things that are actually some what useful about the world around me. I've taken classes like American history, world religions, law, psychology, photography, and the list goes on. All of these classes have taught me about various things that have actually been useful to me. The second reason is because I wanted to make a statement, and show gratitude. Education is really one of the most important things you can give to someone and yet so many kids around this globe could only dream of going to school like I do. So as a testament to all of those kids I decided to take full advantage of the opportunity to go to school. If I am one of the fortunate people who will be educated I will do it to the best of my ability. Since going to kenya this summer and sitting inside an old broken down classroom to learn I understand what education means. I understand that it is a gift that no one should take for granted. The truth is someone has to be a voice for the voiceless and sometimes that doesn't always mean speaking. This is just one example in my life that I use my actions to speak louder than my words, and use them to raise awareness about our world. I hope you guys enjoyed reading this, and if you have any questions let me know! A question for you all: what is the most useful things you have learned in school?