Upperclassmen give advice to their past self

Throughout this online school journey, although it has been tough for all school levels, seventh and eighth graders have been facing the most difficulty. So, as a way to give advice tenth, eleventh, and twelfth graders have offered to give their past selves advice on what they would do differently during their middle school years.

Most students would agree that making new friends, learning to love yourself, and asking questions to teachers is key to a successful school year.

“I would’ve worked on my social issues more and been more outgoing. I didn’t make friends until my ninth grade year and I didn’t talk to teachers for help in some classes, it would’ve been easier if I did” SENIOR Jerika Partin said.

While others agree consistently studying and signing for a new sport or club is the key to a successful school year.

“Study and do not procrastinate. Yes, it will be difficult keeping up with work, but just hang in there. Studying is also essential to do well on not only quizzes and tests, but for exams as well” Kaitlyn Fritz, ‘23, said. 

“Life is short, do more clubs and sports”Adia Eagle, ‘22, said.

Many agreed that itthatit is essential to have all your school work up to date, keep yourself focused, and join clubs or sports to stay active and engaged. It is well known making friends is a great thing however, you always have to remember not all friendships are meant to be.

“I would have studied more and not have tried to hang onto old friendships that were toxic,” Kate Louderback, ‘23, said.

“I would let go of friendships or relationships that didn’t feel right and I wouldn’t try to push it,” SENIOR Erin Koch said.

Lots of students admitted to at least one or two things they would change while others had no regrets.

“I honestly would not do anything differently. I am grateful for the experiences that led me to the person that I am today,” SENIOR Caelan McFadden-Grubenhoff said.

“Don’t be so scared of new people,” SENIOR Charlotte Adams said, “No one is judging you and no one is thinking you’re weird – don’t let any anxiety get in the way of making friends or having a good time. Also don’t be scared to ask for help. Everyone is struggling, but that doesn’t invalidate your own struggles.” 

                                                                                                                                           Jeannie Ngansop