'He said the first law of reason is that what exists, exists: what is, is, and that form is irreducible, bedrock principle, all knowledge is built. He said that was the foundation from which life is embraced. He said thinking is a choice, and that wishes and whims are not facts, nor are they a means to discover them. Richard said reason is our only way of grasping reality— that it's our basic tool of survival. We are free to evade the effort of thinking— to reject reasons—but we are not free to avoid the penalty of the abyss we refuse to see.'
— Terry Goodkind, Faith of the Fallen, Sword of Truth Series
Take high school seriously, even if you’re surrounded by jerks. Don’t let obnoxious kids and teachers stop you from learning calculus. I wrote my college essay about Nick Drake and young love. Kind of emo, I know.