Someone asked if I’d like to do high school over again. After some thought, I decided I would do it again if I could know what I know now. Here are a few things I would do differently…
I would thank my parents for coming to performances and events.
I would thank my teachers from time to time. I’d thank guest conductors for their work after region band and choir events.
I’d say some of the stuff I was afraid to say to my peers the first time through.
I’d spend more time visiting with those of different races or backgrounds.
I’d say, “I disagree with that” when someone says something I disagree with.
I’d smile and speak to peers who don’t seem to have friends.
I’d worry less about what different social groups think me, realizing they’re probably not thinking anything of me.
I’d ask my teachers more questions, especially about their lives.
I would read more, especially books not required.