The Video: Emily Gipson, who posted a viral video about high school culture has posted a follow-up. This one is called “Have I Made A Difference Yet” and further drives home her points about the value of teenagers and how devalued they are by most high schools. The video is in the same free-verse style as the original.
What Happened: After her first video, “Welcome to Lebanon High School,” went viral, Emily received feedback from school employees, her friends and thousands of people who saw her video online. She realized that her message resonated with students everywhere.
Our Take: As with her first video, this second one is on point. Emily has a good feel for the limitations of the school system and makes valid points about what it does to students.
The Takeaway: The four years you spend in high school are fleeting. Once you graduate, you will rarely look back, and the older you get, the less the things that mattered to you in high school will matter to you at all. The things schools and the majority of teens value simply don’t follow you after graduation. Keep pressing on, and remember that what you experience at school has an end date and doesn’t define you.