Personal Narrative: My High School Career

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Throughout my childhood my parents played a lot of great music for my sisters and me. One lyric that has really stuck with me is from the Joni Mitchell song, “Big Yellow Taxi” which goes as follows; “Don’t it always seem to go/ that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”. These words embody the first time I lost a friend, and my work towards closure. My favorite moments of my high school career are my experiences in track and cross country. The friendships I have made through running and my evolution as an athlete are all due to my coach, Robert Clarke, encouraging me to become a part of the team and to integrate myself into the sport. Before I began running I was not living up to my full potential in school and in my extracurricular endeavors. Once I started to surround myself with the positive and intelligent people on the cross country and track teams I was motivated to achieve on a higher level. I am a better person because of my participation on these teams, which I owe to the motivation and encouragement of Clarke, my coach and dear friend.…show more content…
Clarke and I maintained a very close relationship from my freshman year of high school. He was the most positive person I’ve ever known, and he evoked a similar positivity in me. I started as a clueless freshman, but under Clarke’s guidance, became the captain of my team. As I grew as a person, and as a runner, Clarke was by my side every step of the way. So when he died last January, I was devastated. Often the death of a loved one casts a black cloud that darkens life, but this moment marked a period of self improvement for

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