Column: Life exists outside of MHS; explore it

Julia Halpin | Staff Writer

“What did you get on your ACT?”

“Did you see those pictures on Facebook from last weekend?”

“Can you believe they broke up?”

To all of the gossipers, Facebook stalkers, girly cliques and cocky guys, I just have one small request.

Stop. Stop thinking that every second spent in the classrooms, fields or cafeterias of Mason High School is the pinnacle of your life. Despite the excitement of hallway gossip and the importance of good grades, there’s an entire world out there outside of little old Mason. And we have to realize that.

I fall victim to that same type of thinking.

I obsess over my grades; too many Bs won’t get me into any highly-ranked Journalism college. I compare myself to other girls who seamlessly strut into school every morning like they just walked off the set of a Herbal Essence commercial; how do they do that? I’ve experienced the excitement of the he-said-she-said that everyone’s buzzing about, and I get it.

Prom dates are life-changing, SAT scores determine my self-worth and school ranking is critical to success.


After we run our last track meet, experience our last high school fling and have our final “girls night out,” what’s left of us? By consuming ourselves in our high school world, we subconsciously stop caring about anything else. Big things are happening in our world, country, even state, and most of us are too lost in the stream of homework assignments and Friday nights to notice.

Out there lies the real world, where fullscale revolutions are taking place, where diseases are being researched and cured and where technology is being advanced day after day.

I want to be able to experience something ten times larger than the world of MHS. I want to travel to places where I don’t know the common language, eat foreign food thatmay or may not taste disgusting and talk  to people who I have absolutely nothing in common with.

I hope that we all can expand our thinking outside of the brick walls that make up this school. Bigger than ourselves, our circle of friends and our schedules is a world that will teach us lessons that won’t be taught in Math class.

These four years of our lives don’t define us as human beings, and however dramatic a Facebook status may seem, there’s a world out there bigger than our social lives and GPAs. Go live in it.