In a short couple of months, the seniors will be leaving to go their separate ways, and they will be venturing off to begin the next adventures in their lives. Before they leave, they will make some of the best memories of their high school years. Upperclassmen have life knowledge that can be deemed very useful for sophomores and juniors. Some of the most important and common pieces of advice, stem from how to act and who to hang out with.
Senior David Guild said, “Popularity isn’t important. Stick to your close friends. Don’t suck up to anyone and be who you want to be, regardless of what other people think.”
The majority of high school is thinking about what to wear, what to do on your Friday and Saturday nights and deciding which crowd you will fit in with the best. But the majority is not always the most important.
Junior Ali Reardon said, “My favorite part about high school would definitely have to be the hockey games, football games and the other sporting events. Almost all of my favorite memories from the past two years at the high school have been at sporting events with my friends.”
High school might seem like a bunch of busy work that is never going to help get students jobs but you obtain valuable skills suitable for the future. When a person steps inside the main entrance to Stillwater Area High School, there is a great message printed above in the rotunda. ‘We learn not for school but for life.’
“The best piece of advice I have learned was to remember to not only learn for school but for life. One of my teachers reminds us of this just about every day and I used to laugh every time he said it but now I am beginning to understand what he means. In high school, you can’t just think ahead to the next day, you have to think further out in advice in order to plan for success,” said Reardon.
Sometimes it might seem as if the homework and tests will never end, but teachers assure students it will. The work load is not always fun but it is important to success throughout high school and for many years beyond.
Reardon said, “My least favorite thing about the high school is the work load teachers tend to give. Sometimes I have no homework and then on other nights I have two essays and a presentation to prepare for the next day and 40 pages to read in a book that I don’t know anything about. Sometimes it is hard to see how this will help me in the future but I just step back and realize this is all for me. I am doing this because it is going to benefit me and my future.”
Aug 17 2016by Lauren Wigren
7 Pieces of Advice For Incoming High School SeniorsBy Lauren Wigren - Aug 17 2016
As usual, July flew by and the days are getting shorter and shorter. The end of summer is creeping closer with each passing day and school is becoming a reality. This time last year, I was both exhilarated and nervous to be entering my final year of high school. Senior year is the final chapter of one stage of your life, and as such, you can expect a lot of new responsibilities, emotions and fears. This year can be as fun and exciting as it is stressful, however, as long as you make the most of every opportunity you are presented with.
1. Make time for your friends and family.
If you plan on living away during college, then you'll have to face the reality of this being the last year you will be able to see your family and high school friends everyday. Even when you bicker with or get tired of the people in your life, you know deep down that you love them and leaving them will be difficult. Make an effort to spend more time with them while you can. Go out to dinner with your parents and siblings. Plan get-togethers with the entire squad, even if it means asking for work off or forking over gas money. Once you leave for college it will become more difficult to see people outside of your campus sphere.
2. Start applying to colleges now.
If you already have a mental list of schools you would like to apply to, it's best to start now. Common App goes live every year beginning on Aug 1, and with all the detailed information it requires from you, it'll be more convenient to sit down and start filling it out now while your days are not yet jam-packed with school, homework, sports, etc. Another important step to complete is your essay, since you will be required to write one for the majority of colleges/universities you are thinking of applying to. Getting a head-start on your essay will give you more time to edit and get feedback from family, friends or teachers, which will ultimately make you feel more confident when you finally go to submit it.
3. Take classes that interest you.
While AP and honors-level courses may seem like a necessity while applying to colleges, you shouldn't overlook classes that truly intrigue you. Maybe that psychology class is related to your intended college major, or maybe you’ve always wanted to try Creative Writing, but with all those nursing classes, you probably won’t have time in college. Senior year is your last opportunity to truly take advantage of what your high school has to offer. Don’t overlook an opportunity to learn a new skill or explore a new subject.
4. Pursue your passions and try new things.
Just as you should be taking classes that interest you, it is also important to make time for the clubs, sports, activities and hobbies you enjoy. You may intend to pursue a demanding major or career path, or you may attend a university with different extra curricular offerings than your high school, so take advantage of the opportunities you have now. You may even consider trying something new. It’s never too late to discover new passions, and who knows, you may decide that auditioning for your first musical senior year was the best decision you ever made and you want to continue acting in college. Once the applications are finished and homework becomes less time-consuming, you’ll have a lot more free time. Fill it with something meaningful to you.
5. Don’t give up completely.
You may be a senior but school is still school and, unfortunately, that college acceptance isn’t the end - most colleges, in fact, will look at your final transcript at the very end of the year to make sure you didn’t slack off. Senioritus is very real and you will probably lose all motivation after winter break. Despite this, you’ve got to keep trying. Get your work done, hand assignments in on time and make sure your grades don’t slip too much. It will make for a less stressful end-of-the-year when you won’t have to worry about teachers chasing you for missing work or colleges looking to reconsider your acceptance.
6. Try to attend every school event that interests you.
Want to wear your dream dress to senior prom? Want to cheer on all your friends at the homecoming game? Don’t let something trivial get in your way. Since it’s your last year as a student at your high school, take full advantage of the events and opportunities you’ll only have the chance to be involved with as a student. You don’t want to spend the rest of your life wondering whether you would have had fun or learned something new at an event you missed out on. As an underclassman, there was “always next year,” but you no longer have that luxury.
7. Don’t take anything for granted
I know you’ve been hearing this over and over for the past few years and you don’t want to hear it again, but really, high school flies by. You may be eager to move on, but ultimately there will be aspects of your high school life that you’ll miss. Whether it’s seeing your friends everyday or an activity you’re involved with, there is something that makes everyone’s school day a little better. This time next year, you won’t be able to experience it the same way ever again. Create fond new memories and appreciate the moments that make you smile. The time will fly by.
High school is coming to a close. You can either make your senior year exciting, productive and memorable, or you can walk away after graduation filled with regrets and “what ifs?” Recognize that any emotions you have about moving on are okay and enjoy the life you’re living right now.
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