Letter To My High School Self: Joshua Masmela

Reprinted with permission from Mr. Masmela

Reprinted with permission from Mr. Masmela

Addison Seegmiller, Copy Editor

Dear Josh, 

I want you to know how proud I am of you. You currently feel proud of yourself for your accomplishments in high school, but I promise you that you’ll have your proudest moments ahead. It is definitely true that college is some of the most stressful and fun times of your life. You don’t get accepted to any of your top choices for colleges. You enroll at Pasadena City College, but you end up finding your true passion in Sports Medicine. You should’ve taken high school a little more seriously, because now you have to take beginner algebra which causes you to delay your transfer to Azusa Pacific University (APU), while you’re at it, put in a little bit more work in those AP classes. You definitely could’ve saved us a couple bucks on our student loans that I’m still slowly chipping away at. Despite the cost of schooling, you wind up meeting the best mentors during your time in the athletic training program at APU and because of them you become the best athletic trainer you could possibly be. Make sure to take everything you learned from your mentors because you will need it in order to fulfill your dream of building your own sports medicine program at a high school. Your journey starting your own sports medicine program will start off slow.  When you feel like times are getting hard and it just seems like the grass may be greener on the other side, I only ask that you hang on just a little while longer, it’ll be worth the wait, I promise. Always keep that fire burning for sports medicine, you will see how much your passion for sports medicine can be so contagious to your students at Hart High School. Hart High School will be the very best thing that has ever happened to you. You will meet some of the most amazing people and students who will leave an everlasting impression on you. There’s this crazy thing called COVID-19 that will cause the world to turn upside down. Not going to get into much detail about it, but again, just hang on. I promise you that 2022-2023 will bring you so much joy, you will meet some of the most amazing students. These students will be your constant reminder as to why you love being an athletic trainer/teacher. Keep inspiring your students, they’ll love you for that. You will experience an overwhelming amount of success because your hardwork will FINALLY pay off. 


Always keep going, all your dreams do come true.