My experiences in high school have changed me enormously and are the reason for the person I am today. Many of those experiences have been horrible, and I wouldn’t ever choose to go through them again. In those moments, I wanted nothing more than to give up.

But now that I can look back from the other side, I can see the growth that occurred as a result.

The best possible advice that I can give to people still trapped in the quagmire of high school is this: It will end. If you are enjoying your high school experience, make the most of it while it lasts. And if you hate your high school experience, just keep moving forward.

Because, eventually, you will reach the end.

Zach Bethel is a 2019 graduate of Riverside Christian School. He plans to enroll at the University of Washington to study political science and economics.