To the Graduating Class of 2015...
To the Graduating Class of 2015,
As you embark on the next chapter of your life I thought that I might impart the “sage” advice of one who came before you. The idea of High School is intimidating to every eighth grader. A new school means new teachers, new classes and new friends which is a lot of change to adapt to all at once. But have no fear! Below I have inscribed the “Top Ten Things I Wish I had Known” before starting high school which I hope will provide the insight and peace of mind you are searching for. Above all I want you to know that with prayer, hard work and dedication anything is possible and that you have the power to do great things both in high school and beyond!
Kylee Honig (An older and slightly wiser High School Graduate)
- MANAGE YOUR TIME: One of the most important lesson that I learned in high school is to manage your time effectively. The best way to do this is to invest in an agenda or planner which will allow you to write down your schedule so assignments will not be forgotten!
- GET INVOLVED: Join a club or sports team! This will allow you to make friends with like minded people while also giving you the opportunity to participate in something you find interesting.
- ASK FOR HELP: It is impossible to navigate a new school without assistance, so don’t be afraid to ask someone for help. Odds are they have been in a similar situation and will be more than happy to assist you.
- PRIORITIZE: Get your mandatory classes out of the way before senior year! Even though these classes are often monotonous they are necessary to graduate and by getting them out of the way you will have time to take more enjoyable classes later on.
- READ EVERYTHING: Even if a teacher says it’s not a mandatory reading it will probably end up coming into play later on, maybe even on a test!
- DO YOUR BEST: It’s really easy to compare yourself to other people. DON’T! Do not ever feel inferior to someone else based on differing course loads. Instead focus on doing your personal best in the classes you are taking, remember everyone excels in different areas.
- PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE: Make friends! There are so many Freshman going through the same thing as you are who are also looking to make friends, you will never know if you don’t ask!
- DEFY THE NORM: Be yourself! You are who you are and you should own that. God made you uniquely and you should never forsake that in order to fit in. High school is huge and there will be people who appreciate you for you.
- MAKE THE MOST OF EVERY SITUATION: We at ILS are blessed to have friendly and thoughtful teachers. Although that won’t always be the case at every school you attend, this gives you the opportunity to show God through your actions. Often the teachers that I liked the least are the ones I learned the most from. Politeness and diligence will take you a long way even with the most disagreeable of teachers!
- GIVE IT UP TO GOD: I saved the best and most important lesson for last, prayer is key! This is not just a high school rule but a life rule as well. You can’t do everything by yourself and asking God for help is what got me through my four years of high school. He will never leave you nor forsake you and he will remain a constant during a very inconsistent period in your life.
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