As the year 2020 begins, you have probably heard the saying that “time flies.” I am not sure of your personal experience, but for me it seems like the past ten years have flown by so quickly!
With the start of a new decade, I’d like to look back and review some notable events in our history at UNHS, across the globe and within my own personal life since the year 2010. Perhaps you may even recall a few of these during the years 2010-2019 (a very haphazard list):
- We witnessed two high profile royal weddings (congrats William and Kate; Harry and Meghan)!
- In 2010, the 21st Winter Olympics were held in Vancouver, Canada, and a total of 258 medals were awarded across 26 nations.
- The world did not end on December 21, 2012 as some people had predicted it to (according to the Mayan calendar).
- In 2013, UNHS joined the University of Nebraska Online Worldwide, now known as University of Nebraska Online, or NU Online for short.
- In 2014, many people were doing the Ice Bucket Challenge to promote ALS awareness.
- In 2016, the Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians and won the World Series for the first time in 108 years.
- In August of 2017: For the first time since 1918, we experienced a total solar eclipse.
- In 2019, UNHS celebrated 90 years of academic excellence!
Personally, I will share three important items that happened in my life during the past ten years:
- In 2012, my wife was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, and after a year of treatment, she is now seven years cancer free.
- All four of my grandchildren were born (the oldest is now six and the youngest is two years old).
- I started working at the University of Nebraska High School (UNHS) in 2014.
Now as you look to the future, how do you predict your world will change over the next ten years? Maybe you will graduate from high school and/or college, get a job, travel, start a family, etc. As I have shared above, so much can happen in ten years’ time!
Noted author J.R.R. Tolkien once said this about time, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
I would encourage you to make the best use of your time and the University of Nebraska High School (UNHS) will be here to support you in your academic and personal endeavors! In fact, we have already been here for over nine decades and continue to be an excellent option for many students who desire to learn independently from an accredited, college preparatory high school.
Let’s count on us all having great things to share when 2030 rolls around!