While middle school has taught me many lessons, in academics and in life, the most important lesson that I have learned is to do what I want to do, regardless of what my friends are doing or other people believe. It is important that the decisions you make are because it is what is best for you, and the actions of others or the fear of their opinions should not prevent that. Since I started Middle School, I have been a part of HMS drama. I have participated in every play and musical that has been put on at the school since I was in sixth grade. I do it because I truly love it, but in seventh grade, I almost quit. My friends in drama at this time were considering trading drama for a sport. I was so worried that they would not do the show and I wouldn’t know anybody that I did not want to audition. In the end, I auditioned for the show and got a role I was pleased with because my parents convinced me that I shouldn’t quit drama just because my friends might. My friends actually ended up participating in the show and I became much better friends with them as well as many other people that I never would have met had I not been a part of that show. Today, these people are some of my best friends, and I’m so glad that I chose to audition. I see now just how right my parents were. It is ridiculous to give up something you love doing, something you look forward to everyday, just because your friends might give it up. There are times when you have to do what you know is right for you, even if it is difficult. Now, I am a better and more confident person because I learned this lesson. I know this lesson will help me in high school and the world because I will seize opportunities that in the past, I would have been too afraid to even try. There are countless opportunities offered to students at the high school to help them not only get into a college of their choice but to succeed in life, and now I have no fear to take advantage of them.