I think it's super fitting that it's 10:30 on Monday night and I'm JUST now sitting down to write this post. Apparently I'm channeling "High School Andrea" because that is totally something that she would have done :) A little procrastination never hurt anyone... until you plan on getting up early to finish what you should have finished the night before and end up sleeping through your alarm clock. #worstnightmare
With back-to-school on the forefront of EVERYTHING right now, I thought it would be fun to share a little bit about who we were in High School.
If I had to pick one thing that defined High School for me, it would most definitely be band. Depending on where you're from, band can mean a lot of different things. Our band was 200+ people, was SUPER competitive and consumed tons and tons of time. Band started in July where we would rehearse early in the mornings, go home and nap and then rehearse more in the evenings as well. We'd work on our marching show that we would perform at contest as well as smaller half-time shows and music for the stands and parades as well. I played regular trombone during marching season, and during concert season I played bass trombone (a jumbo sized trombone with a lower register... kind of like the tuba of trombones).
I'm the short one in the middle :)
We traveled to every football game (home and away) and some of my fondest memories are in the stands, on the buses and getting into trouble after the games. :)
After marching season was over, we transitioned into concert season where we'd work on music to perform at concerts and contests and take on the road as we competed out of town on trips to places like Disney World, Vail and Galveston. (The pic below is from Vail my Senior year).
I was also a member of jazz band which I LOVED! We used to get out of school to play at various events and we had so much fun. I was the only girl most years and other than having to wear a guys shirt and tie, had so much fun performing and traveling.
Our high school fine arts program put on a madrigal dinner every winter where band, choir and theater came together to put on a huge production that we performed three nights in a row during a big themed dinner. We had the best time running around the school in tights, playing fanfares to announce different parts of the show and sneaking rolls from the kitchen :)
Since we spent so much time in the band hall and practicing, rehearsing and traveling, naturally most of my strong friendships were developed in band. My senior year I was part of Homecoming Court with several girls from band. And yes... we rode in the back of a convertible in the parade :)
I've always loved a theme!!!
Dave and I met through band (he was drumline captain) my Sophomore year. This is us at his Senior Night game in 2000.
Music also afforded me some fun opportunities during high school, including playing with the Metropolitan Winds at the Meyerson Symphony Center (I think I may still be the youngest member to perform with them) and performing at several college competitions.
This is me and Dave after a Metropolitan Winds performance in 1999.
I was so lucky that my parents put a lot of effort into making our house a cool place to hang out. Now I know that they just wanted to keep an eye on us :) But at the time we were having too much fun playing capture the flag, swimming and shooting pool in the game room to care.
Outside of school I spent a lot of time in youth group.
We did the regular Sunday night stuff, Bible studies during the week and had so much fun doing mission trips during the summer and Spring break.
So the next couple of pictures are just to give you an idea of the CRAZINESS that was my room during high school. God bless my mom :)
In the picture up above, I remember that the balloons were a surprise after I passed my CNA exam. I was part of the clinical rotation program at school where I earned my Certified Nursing Assistant license after training and preparing in an assisted living center (feeding, changing, bathing, etc.) and then spent the rest of the year shadowing different doctors and practices. I spent a significant amount of time in the emergency room at the hospital where I got to assist with small procedures (wound care, staples, etc.) and got a taste of a career in the medical field. I also got to watch a c-section, knee surgery and a couple of other small surgeries as well as shadow a pediatrician and volunteer in a free clinic in a low income area. It was a FANTASTIC program.
Dave and I attended several school dances together (I think we went to 6... these are just a couple of them)...
... and he graduated in 2001 and I graduated in 2002.
As far as academics go, I was a diligent and studious student. I took lots of AP classes, HATED group work and was a total over achiever when it came to projects :) I tutored classmates in Latin, Calculus and Biology and was a member of NHS. I didn't do sports, but was most definitely competitive when it came to band (chair contests, anyone??? ) and academics. My graduating class was around 700 people and I think I ended up somewhere in the high twenties, low thirties (I don't remember the exact number), but I do remember that I ended up one class rank behind Bob Morton. He and I were super competitive when it came to grades and me ranking one behind him meant that at graduation, the only way my parents could find me in the crowd was by spotting 6'4 Bob and then looking next to him for me :) He wasn't hard to spot. hahaha
(He went on to be a linebacker for Notre Dame)
My senior year of high school I was offered a full academic scholarship to The University of Texas at Dallas (which was actually just ranked the 6th hardest Texas school to get into) which I happily accepted as a payoff to lots of hard work I had put in.
I have so many fond memories of high school, although I don't think I'd want to go back. It's way more fun to give the tests than it is to have to study for and take them. hahaha
I'm not sure when all of you graduated, but if you were in the same boat as me when writing this post you were wishing HARD that we had had Facebook, Instagram OR digital photos when we were in school because it would have made writing this a lot easier :)
Happy Tuesday, friends!!!