June 12, 2007 2:48 PM

You just left. Why are you back here?

That's a common response I got yesterday when I went to visit my old high school. Even though I graduated two years ago, I wanted to go back and see some of the teachers, as well as some of the students that I know. It's always refreshing to go back and see familiar faces again; it reminds me that things haven't changed as much as I think.

I will say that I have no idea how I was able to wake up at 6:15 AM every morning to make it to class on time. Since coming to Cal, where classes before 10 AM are considered early, my sleep patterns have become decidedly lax. Somehow, I was able to drag myself out of bed and make it to school.

I went around to different classrooms, saying my greetings to different teachers. To their credit, nearly all of them were pleased to see me. Even my thorny philosophy teacher, Mr. Linn, was relatively congenial, chatting about what he was teaching. My calculus teacher, Mr. McGrath, pulled me into the class and made a 5 minute speech about how I did so well and that he was so proud of me and considers me to be a hero. Quite the flatterer, Mr. McGrath is, but I knew that he was speaking with sincerity.

I also got quite a few hellos from current students (including a bear hug by fellow swimmer Nadine). It was good to see the seniors who will be graduating, especially the students that I tutored when they were tutors. I didn't get to tell them, but I am very proud that they are graduating. I should have told them.

For those of you entering college, don't forget your high school. I know some of you may think "Screw high school! I wasted 4 years of my life in this place; why would I want to go back??", but it is good to go back and visit. While your high school experience may not have been great (and in actual fact, my experience could have been a lot better), it is still worthwhile to pay your respects to your teachers and say hello to friends.

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