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Advice For All Classes

By Lily Mueller

Dear Graduating Class of 2017,

Can you believe you’ve made it this far? Thirteen years of education now in the past, with graduation shining brightly like the finishing line at the end of a long race. Take a bow, seniors, because you’ve done it.

It’s almost crazy to think that in less than a few weeks or days (depending on when you are reading this article), you could be walking down an aisle to receive your high school diploma. Graduation is coming up fast and the last thing you should do is stress about such a monumental day, so practice your walk a bit beforehand to keep from tripping on the way to or from receiving your diploma.

Time to take you next big step in life and experiment with adulting. Welcome to living on your own, managing a job between classes and study sessions, and finding out what life has in store for you. It can look scary and stressful, but you’ve got this! There are going to be ups and downs, and you may even change your major several times, but these next few years are for you to find out where you fit into this crazy world. Life may seem like it’s moving at a fast pace, but take time to enjoy the moment because it will be a memory before you know it. The world is in the palm of your hands, so go explore it! Take time to study abroad and see places in the world you would never have thought to travel to. Be a part of your school and community and build meaningful relationships with the people you meet. Mend relationships that have been broken through the years. Make time for your family, because those are the people that will be there for you when you need it most. Live your life, because you only get one chance.

 

Dear Near Future Seniors,

One more year. That’s all you have left. One more year to put your all into your classes. One more year to ask the boy or girl you’ve been crushing on since first grade to a school dance. One more year to get that perfect 4.0 GPA. One more year to live life as a teenager. One more year to make a difference.

With a little over 365 days to be a high school student, there are so many things that you need to do and a small amount of time to do it in, so get started on that senior year bucket list! With all of the exciting and adventurous activities on there, maybe add a few that will help you in your post-high school life. If you need a bit of inspiration for your senior year bucket list, here are a few ideas to help build it up: Number one, apply to colleges as soon as you possibly can. Maybe even go on a few campus tours to know what colleges will be worth your time, and don’t be afraid to apply to more than one college. It never hurts to have a few options. Number two, show your friends how much they mean to you. Before you know it, all your friends will be scattered around the world and senior year may be your last chance to hang out with them. Number three, spend time with your family. You will miss your parents and siblings when you’re away at college, so take time to be with your them. Number four, don’t give up! You’re in the home stretch, so pull all your energy and motivation together and finish your last year of high school strong.

Senior year may become a bit stressful and drama is almost a guarantee, but keep your head high, your grades even higher, and have fun!

 

 

Dear Soon To Be Juniors,

Congratulations! You survived your first year at a high school and you’ve done great. It only gets better from here, so keep your head up and look forward to the future ahead of you. The only thing standing between you and your future is a driver's license. If you already have your license, then you are good to go, but to those who are procrastinating, get on it. It will help your junior and senior years be just a bit better, even if you don’t have car.

If you seek a fantastic junior year, here are a handful of tips that could make the difference between a mediocre year and an amazing one: Number one, sign up for AP classes. Taking at least one AP class will most definitely pay off in the long run, and you could make friends with a variety of kids. Don’t let older siblings and friends scare you away from achieving something great. Number two, be kind to everyone. Life is too short to hold grudges and make snarky comments about others behind their backs. Also, being mean isn’t cool, so ditch the unrealistic idea that being mean will make you popular and show the student body some kindness. Number three, stay on top of homework. Junior year is considered one of the hardest years of high school and the last thing you need is to be behind on homework. Number four, study, study, study! Good grades are always in style. Number five, seize the day. You only go through high school once, so ask people out on dates and to dances, put your all into your favorite class, make friends with everyone, and make high school memories.

Be sure to make the most of your life as a teenager and don’t forget to have fun! You’ve got this!

 

Advice from Seniors

By Selena Dehaas

Caroline Anderson: “If possible, don’t have a first period class. Try not to take too many easy classes because you won’t be motivated to come to school. And take things you are interested in if you can. Oh, and if you have to do any online classes or credit recovery, do them as soon as possible. Or else it’ll be April 13th, and you will have 3 more weeks until they are due and you’ll hate your life. Be aware of college deadlines and anything college. It’s not as far away as you think.”

Jensen Smith: “Have free periods. They are the best thing ever. Don’t care about what people think, because you’re never gonna see them again. Don’t hang out with people just to hang out. Find friends you actually like, and that make you a better person.”

Emily Charles: “It’s your last year. Make it count, and put in effort. If you don’t, you’ll be in a pickle just like me at the end of the year.”

Erica Pesci: “Seniors! Be happi! You will not believe how fast your senior year is going to go. Make new friends, and don’t just stick to your friend group. Branch out, go on dates with different people, and just have fun!”

Danielle Shennum: “Always do things the way you want, and don’t care what anyone else thinks or has to say about it.”

Patrick Morgan: “Don’t try too hard.”

Jacob Meinzer: “Just have fun with it. Make everything last and go to school events. Be open to letting others in and never think anyone is too cool or not cool enough. Live it up!”

Derek Gleason: “[My advice to you all] is be an individual. Make choices based off what you want, not what others want. But at the same time have the intentions to always help others and be kind. I know that’s all generic stuff. But it’s true. Also don’t assume that social status means anything. By your senior year it’s hardly a thing and you are just friends with who you want to be around. Learn to think for yourself. Oh, and most importantly, make sure you check the facts before you make any judgement on politics. [Because] more often than not the media only has you hear what they want you to hear. Not what’s true. #downwithCNN”

 

 

High School Sins

By McKell McIntyre

True Knights:  This one is pretty controversial. Basically, decide for yourself. If you have the chance to kiss a super cute guy or gal that you honestly like, go right ahead—don’t feel bad about it. Don't give into peer pressure, though. In the moment, it may seem monumentally important to be a part of the “cool crowd,” but doing something you’ll regret later isn’t ever “cool”. Honestly, why would you even want to kiss someone you know nothing about? Avoid contracting mono (or meningitis)—sit this one out.

True Caveman:  Don’t. Just don't. Betraying your school isn’t worth it.

Not attending all the dances you can:  Not being asked to a dance is understandable, but not asking is inexcusable. Not only do you miss out on a ton of fun, but someone else (who you should have asked) has to stay home too. Even if dancing isn’t your thing, school dances are still a blast. Get a big group together, and go!

Not attending all the games you can:  Sports can be hard to follow if you aren’t an avid fan. That doesn’t change the fact that sports are a huge part of high school (especially here at Lone Peak). Games are so much more than just sitting in the stands. From screaming at the top of your lungs to stomping so hard the bleachers shake, you really do miss out if you don’t go. If you go, go all out! Face paint, school t-shirts, and the swag blanket that’s sold in the finance office. Even if you don't know a quarterback from a McDonald’s quarter pounder, show some school spirit and get to a game.

Not making new friends:  Nothing is wrong with having a friend that you’ve known for over ten years, but high school is full of new people. Take a chance and talk to somebody you don’t know in one of your classes. New friends bring new opportunities and new point of views. Stay friends with those people from Elementary school, but don’t let them limit you from making new friends. It’s okay to not eat lunch with them everyday or to alternate weekends that you spend with each of them. Or, even better, introduce your older friends to your newer friends, after all, they need to make new friends too.

Taking only easy classes:  Sure, keeping your 4.0 is important, but don’t do it by only taking easy classes. Challenge yourself. That doesn’t mean you have to go and register for every AP or Concurrent Enrollment class Lone Peak offers, but also don’t only take easy-A classes. Find a good balance of both. You’re not really a high schooler if you’ve never had to stay up until 3 a.m. writing an essay for one of your classes/  

Failing to try:  This one is pretty understandable. There’s no point in going to high school if you’re not even going to try. Try to do your best, try to finish your homework, try to get to school on time everyday. Just try!!!

Not getting out of your comfort zones:  High school is all about new experiences, don’t let something as simple as comfortability keep you from trying new things. Ask people to dances, take an art class, sing in the choir, just try new things. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find something you really love. The point is, there’s no growth in the comfort zone and no comfort in the growth zone.  

Not getting involved in extracurricular activities:  You don’t have to be crazily over-scheduled, running from drill to chess club and back to the mathletes, but try and find an extracurricular you love. This not only allows you to participate in some awesome activities, but you’ll meet people with the same interests as you. This is a great way to make friends as well as get more involved with the school. Win-win situation!

Procrastination:  You’ll miss out on a lot of fun activities and spending time with your friends and family if you put off doing your work to spend hours on Youtube. Everyone’s guilty of getting home, jamming out to some tunes, or scrolling through memes for hours, then remembering you have a five page essay due first period tomorrow morning. Just get your stuff done on time--or better yet, get it done early. Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and Netflix are pretty cool but you’ll get a lot more out of face to face interactions that you can have after you finish your homework.