Growing with the Community

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


It’s easy to get lost in a vastly growing town. It seems like our population is growing by ten every time we blink. Or new buildings are being introduced to us every day to enhance our community. For those of us who remember department store Hecht’s being at the center of the St. Charles’ mall circle near the Uno’s pizza shop, it’s amazing how much the community has changed in ten years. Change, however, isn’t bad. It doesn’t hinder our growth. Instead, change causes us to advance in the community.

As a rising senior, I find myself growing along with my community. I have outgrown my sequin sweatshirts and grew into the more sophisticated collared shirts. This growth doesn’t mean I have lost myself. In times of stress, I still find myself blowing bubbles, just as I did in my childhood. I still listen to singer Corinne Bailey Rae when I study, just as I did in middle school. I still walk around in my community with my parents, just as I did in my sophomore year of high school.

So as I grow, I am constantly challenging myself to do the things I was once afraid of - like talking to new people or exploring new environments. I am surrounding myself with people who inspire me to change. And I am keeping my morals while doing so. St. Charles is a great example of change enhancing our community. Just look at the state-of-the-art science center that was recently built as part of St. Charles High School. Or the newer advanced library. These places allow people in the community to have a place to meet and learn; where we can see the good in the change occurring every day.

“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” – Benjamin Franklin

Morgan is a rising senior at Westlake High School. As a former editor of the Westlake Paw Print, Morgan gained experience in writing. She hopes to continue to tell stories in the future as she moves forward in high school and on to college.