Since graduating high school, I haven't really looked back or thought about it. I suppose I've learned a lot. Like, to stand up for my work, even when it gets me fired from the school paper; listening to my teachers complain about their salary doesn't stop after high school, it gets worse, and that I should never sacrifice my beliefs to please anyone else. Also a tip for those of you that think your school paper's editor is really awesome and chill: Don't date him/her. It won't end well.
Overall, the Young Critics Workshop was awesome. It looks great on resumes and college applications. Plus it's free and anything free is worth doing at least once. Regardless of where you want to go or where you go to school, The Stranger is very well-known, so being able to say you took a class with the Performance Editor gives you major credibility. A Stranger-related tip: If you didn't do the reading for your gender studies class, raise your hand and mention Dan Savage. Professors love it."