The Thunderbeat’s managing editor says goodbye to Bellevue West


Dear Bellevue West,

As our time together comes to an end, I’d like to thank you for all you’ve done to prepare me for the real world.

As a freshman, I was unsure of who I was or wanted to be. I tried everything, admittedly spreading myself too thin in hopes of finding somewhere to belong. Through the lessons you have taught me in the past four years, I can face my future with confidence.

So, Bellevue West, thank you for my education. I was fortunate enough to attend a school where I could not only gain general knowledge about a variety of subjects, but could also delve deeper into my interests and passions. I was challenged, even stretched to the breaking point in some classes, but always felt an immense sense of accomplishment in the end.

You have provided me with many opportunities to grow in all areas necessary to take on the world in whatever areas I choose to pursue. From clubs to athletics to leadership, you have helped me become a well-rounded student and person.

My time spent involved in the journalism department especially prepared me for my future. I gained knowledge far beyond reporting and designing. I learned how to develop a strong work ethic, a passion for seeking the truth and a hunger for shedding light on relevant issues, even if it was unpopular to do so. I learned that the underdog always needs a voice, and that being a journalist can give a voice to those without one. In Room 426, I was part of a community, a family, and it is going to be difficult to leave behind.

I have been continually surrounded by teachers who care. Looking back, I could not have succeeded without the help, knowledge and support of countless teachers. Educators at this school demand responsibility, encourage integrity and foster creativity. Passionate about sharing the curriculum and life lessons, they go the extra mile. Four years ago, I would have never thought I would be leaving high school feeling genuinely cared for by so many of my teachers. Thank you for making a difference in my life; it has not gone unnoticed.

Some of the most lasting lessons I have learned from high school weren’t academic; they were things that had to be experienced, rather than taught in a classroom. High school has seen my best days, but it has also seen my worst. I am grateful to Bellevue West for helping me navigate the complicated social hurdles that accompany any teenager. I am thankful for the relationships I have built, but I am also thankful for the relationships I have lost. They all had something to teach me, and although some of those hurdles were hard to overcome, they were crucial to my development as a person.
Lastly, Bellevue West, thank you for making my final days bittersweet. I am who I am–and more importantly, know who I want to be–because of my experiences here. After high school, everything will change. This is a daunting reality to face, but exciting at the same time.

Although I will miss my time at Bellevue West, I am not looking back. The lessons I have learned in these past four years have prepared me to face the real world with confidence, and for that I am eternally grateful.