Dear Future Freshmen,
The cliqués that people say are true - all of them.
First off, high school does go by in the mere blink of an eye. It seems like just yesterday I was the little private school girl visiting the middle school to make sure I thought I could survive high school. It’s insane how fast all of the sporting events, tryouts, tests, and dances go by. But at the same time, weeks can seem like months and hours can seem like days. But don’t wish this time away. Stay as young as you can for as long as you can.
Second, GET AS INVOLVED AS YOU CAN. The old Girl Scout song, “make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other’s gold”, has never been more applicable. The more people you meet, the more diverse of a mind you will have. The more diverse of a mind that you have, the greater life experiences you experience. Do not close yourself off or limit yourself to one friend group. Everyone is created differently for a reason. Everyone also has different beliefs and values. It is okay to disagree with them, but it is never okay to judge or label them in any way because of it. Open yourself up to new opinions and ideas; it’s always a good idea to expand your horizons.
Along with that, I cannot stress how important it is to be kind to your teachers and peers. It is a very small world and you never know who will you run across, or who you will need help from in the future. Your teachers are there to help you, and no matter what you may think, they really do care about you. Each teacher has a different style of teaching, and just because you do not prefer it, that does not mean that other classmates won't, so try not to disrupt in class. Believe it or not, being the class clown isn’t always the best thing. Teachers are just trying to do their job as best they can, so please make their job easier and cooperate. You may even make a friend that can write you a college recommendation letter along the way.
No matter what anyone says, high school does not have to be the best four years of your life. In fact, it really shouldn’t be. Why would you want your life to climax in high school? Don’t you want life to keep getting better and better? But, despite these facts, high school is really what you make of it. It can be a beneficial experience or a detrimental one. Just make sure you choose wisely and remember to have a little fun along the way. No one’s high school experience is perfect. After all, this isn’t High School Musical.
Almost a Senior, Payton