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My 11th grade year

by Lacy Olivarez | March 31, 2021 at 6:00 a.m.

I am definitely one of the only people who can say that this school year has been the best. Because of COVID, my anxiety has lessened because there are less people in school, I get to experience new and different opportunities in my comfort zone and I have a new family who loves and supports me.

Ever since I got into foster care, I had to go through many challenges. I went through trauma and it took time to get through it. Because of my stability with a new family, I have healed mostly from my experiences. So, this school year I am much more outgoing and social. I am blossoming into the young woman I never knew I could be.

In just these past two months, I have gained so many opportunities that most only dream about! I am publishing a book and I get to write these columns for the newspaper, but, most of all, I auditioned for America’s Got Talent. I do not know if I made it yet, but at least I tried. I am accomplishing all of my dreams and I found my “thing” in school. I can’t wait to see what next school year brings!

I was so concerned about going back to school because of all the people there usually, but, thankfully, there are not as many people. This helps me with my anxiety because I can be in the lunchroom without it being overcrowded. I have met many new people and have been able to help if they have problems. I have so many friends and people that I can count on! This has never happened to me before.

In all, my eleventh grade year has been the greatest year of my life. Yes, there are some downsides, but I only tend to dwell on happy things. I’m excited for the future and for the now. I am so grateful for everything and everyone who has helped me on the way. I am definitely not who I used to be!

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