Dear Incoming Freshmen,
Welcome to the nest. This is the place you get to call home for the next four years of your life. This is the place where you will make unforgettable memories, discover something new about yourself, and create your forever Blue Jay family.
High school can be the time of your life! However, it is also where the world begins to spin faster, and you may find that the time you get to spend here is shorter than you thought.
As a departing senior, I have some advice to share. Honestly, you will blink and four years will have passed, and it’s time to fly the nest.
Get involved. This is advice you will hear from your counselors the moment you step through the doors on your first day, and I am an advocate as well. My involvement in extracurricular activities has provided me with
Make connections. Connect with your teachers. Never be afraid to ask them questions or share your concerns. They genuinely care and want to be a friend. Getting to know your teachers makes your time at school, and in class, more enjoyable.
Realize that change is okay. High school is a time of growth and maturity. Your interests and morals will change along with those of your friends. This means that the friends you are closest with now may not be who you walk across the stage with at graduation. It’s important to know that change is inevitable, but is also essential in driving your life forward to bigger and better things.
Don’t stress about the future. I remember feeling overwhelmed during freshman registration after being told to sign up for classes that would prepare me for my future career. Fresh out of middle school, I didn’t understand how I was supposed to have that part of my life already figured out. It’s been four years, and I am still unsure, but I do know one thing: stressing about the future doesn’t do any good. A direction will be revealed to you eventually, and if you already have one, it may change, but in the end it is important to trust that everything will work out the way it’s supposed to.
Say ‘yes.’ Say ‘yes’ to invitations to join your friends in the student section. Say ‘yes’ to dressing up on spirit days. Say ‘yes’ to spontaneous outings with your friends. Say ‘yes’ to trying new things. Saying ‘yes’ opens doors to new possibilities and opportunities to make memories.
P.S. Don’t say ‘yes’ to more than you can handle. It’s also okay to say ‘yes’ to a relaxing night at home every once in a while.
I hope this advice increases the quality of your high school years and inspires you to cherish every moment as a WHS Blue Jay!
I wish you the best,