As I sit down and try to write this short essay to summarize all the events, feelings and opportunities I experienced these last four years, I am overwhelmed with memories and stories I want to share.
Life is strange. I will never forget the afternoon when my mom asked me to study abroad in the United States. A journey filled with ups and downs and surprises and struggles awaited me when I answered “yes” without even thinking because people all say studying in the United States will be easier than Chinese schools. I used to be a stubborn and prideful person. In China, I never failed to meet the teacher’s requirements and was on top of everything among academic achievements. I, of course, had lots of leadership positions in the school.
I have changed quite a bit over the span of these last four years. I still feel like the wacky, manic, 14-year old that I was when I began high school here at Fresno Christian and yet now I cringe at that same freshman that would do anything for attention. I remember the last week [...]
As I look back on the time I’ve spent on The Feather team I can’t help but feel thankful. After four years of experiencing every aspect of an award-winning newspaper and being surrounded by love and support, I must say that it is hard to leave.
When I joined The Feather’s video journalism team in my junior year of high school I was looking for a creative outlet. The first video I ever edited was my audition to get into the class. It was just a few clips I took with my dad’s DSLR and my drone on a day out on the lake. Today as I leave high school, I have learned how to shoot video using manual settings, edit on Adobe Premiere Pro, and make journalistic and marketing content.
As I reflected on my time at Fresno Christian, I have realized that the community has influenced me in so many positive ways, shaping me into the person I am today. I am incredibly thankful for all the faculty and students for pouring into me for 12 years.
Well, we did it. I know this year did not meet expectations for many of us, but the truth is, even though the last two months of our high school senior year aren't as perfect as we expected, it has passed and left so many beautiful emotions and memories in each of us.
Although this may not have been the of the year students and faculty would have liked, there is a bright side to this pandemic. I have been making more time for things I love to do as hobbies. I’ve taught myself how to play worship songs on the guitar and the keyboard. Many athletes have stories besides scoring a goal or throwing a no-hitter. As I was struggling to find stories and stick to my forte of writing about sports and athletes, I drew a blank. Many professional sports organizations have cancelled the rest of their remaining seasons or weren’t able to participate in a season at all.
There is no easy way to tell someone that they will not be able to finish their senior year. No email, phone call or social media post could break this news in a gentle way.
Messer has attended FCS since kindergarten and is considered a "lifer". When I think of Fresno Christian, I get an overwhelming sense of familiarity. FCS has been my second home for as long as I can remember. From sitting in the afternoon kindergarten class of Amy Witters to receiving an [...]