By Juli Cocomazzi
As the class of 2019 gets ready to leave the nest and embark on a new journey, many of them will be reminiscing about the last four years of their life. High school is one of the most transformative and critical stages in everyone’s life and, in many ways, it shapes who we are. Within these four years, we mature from impressionable young teens into young adults, ready to enter the real world. High school is the last four years of us being kids and it’s often one of the most challenging things we will ever have to go through. We all take our own paths and live unique lives, yet we are all in the same boat. We love to pretend that we know what we’re doing, but in reality, we’re all learning from each other. Here is some advice from our graduating seniors to show what they got from their high school experience:
Braden Glynn: Don’t regret anything, live every day to the fullest
Alex Stacy: Try hard in school as much or as little as you can because you want to have a good future and want to get into a good school. Make the most of your time here, get to know your peers because the day that you graduate comes very quickly. You don’t see a lot of people after graduation and it’s scary, so try to make as many connections with new people in your grade as possible
Collin Wright: Have as much fun as possible every day instead of worrying about what other people think because high school shapes who you are as a person and you shouldn’t waste four years worrying about what other people think
Azalea Mayhew: Focus on the people in life that will only boost you and not bring you down
Andrea Contreras: Take advantage of meeting new people. There are so many types of people here in different clubs and different sports and you will meet so many who have the same interests as you so you can build more friends and more connections. You’re going to look back at graduation and see how many people you’ve become friends with. One of my friends that I met in high school is going to be my roommate in college, so it’s really nice.
Olivia Reddish: It definitely goes by faster than you think, so when everyone says it doesn’t go by fast, it does, so make the most of it
Caitlin Parker: One of my biggest regrets in high school was not getting involved in more clubs, I really feel like I limited myself. So if I had to do it again, I would definitely involve myself in more clubs and not just stick with sports and academics
Matt Meads: You don’t need to do homework
Greta Calkin: One thing that I regret and encourage for other people going to high school is branching out more and meeting new people and not just restricting yourself to the same people all four years. It’s more fun meeting new people and having memories with a bunch of other people throughout high school.
Abby Bulman: Study more. I know people say get on that grind, but you really should get on that grind. And be more selfless when you deal with other people, be super understanding and be more empathetic because it will follow you for the rest of your life
Karly Bruder: Life gets so much better when you stop caring about what everyone else is doing and start doing things that make you happy
Aidan Burke: Have thick skin, don’t take anything too seriously. Be your own person, only dead fish go with the flow. Always put yourself first, love and treat yourself more than anyone. Pay attention and make the extra effort to be present/personable in class, it opens doors when you have good relationships with teachers. Support lookool as much as possible and you are immediately cool. Make good with janitors if you can. Be bold, you only live once and high school only happens once. Enjoy yourself any way you can. See what you can get away with in your four years, homie.
Orlandis Miller: Don’t let petty things ruin your senior year, it’s your last year so live it up to the best.
Mac Farricy: Don’t pick hard classes for senior year, you’re not gonna want to do the work.
Sam Hirsch: Don’t be afraid to do your own thing. You might end up really liking it. And who knows, other people might like it too.
Wyatt Campbell: People are here to help. Use them. You’re not alone.