By KianNi johnson, Senior Writer
“School is not life”, as stated by most students. High school can be all fun and games if you only are focused on having a social life, being apart of a club or sports team, or just gossip. However, if education is your main priority, you want to graduate on time and you want to have a nice transcript so colleges will practically be begging on their knees for you to attend their college, then there is some serious work you’re going to have to put in in order to reach those exact goals. Here is some freshman advice 101 for surviving high school.
The number one thing to always keep in mind is your relationship with ALL teachers including coaches as well. Yes, teachers tend to get on our nerves like assigning us pounds of homework, and giving tests that we may just end up failing because instead of studying we decide to hangout, play video games, be on our phones, or catch up on our favorite television series. You may believe after your first year of high school and a teacher is getting on your nerves you’ll say it's “okay, i don’t care, at least I’m not going to have you again as my teacher next year”. YOU’RE WRONG! Chances are, you may not have the same teacher again but you will definitely see them in the hallway. In addition, you have to keep in mind teachers are human like us students. So for example, say there's another student you don't like. However, that person may just be friends with someone that you associate with. Inevitably, you'll go and tell the person you associate with all about why you don't like that other person. This same scenario can be applied to teachers as well. You may get a new teacher your sophomore year and it turns out that your evil teacher from freshman year is very close to your new teacher and ruins all chances of you getting “a golden star or being a good noodle in the class”. You have to also be mindful that behavioral rumors spreading amongst teachers can hurt you in the long run. You may think you don’t need any of these teachers now but they might just be your golden ticket into getting into that favorite college you always dreamed of by for example writing a letter of recommendation. Always keep an open mind when it comes to teachers and remember, “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger”, so if you haven’t died by the time you hit junior year, you’re tough and keep up the good work.
Moving on to the fun aspects of high school is your social life. Unlike the movies and cartoons, in Hillcrest, there is not a such thing as a “social status” or a group of cliques amongst students. Hillcrest is a very diverse school in which you are guaranteed to find someone whose personality is similar to yours, has the same interests, same dislikes, and overall someone who you would want to be around. However, you may think coming into high school is a place for you to be popular and having friends is your only motivation for coming to school. Once again, you are wrong. The wise always said “the worst thing you can ever do is hang around bad company”. If your goal in life is to graduate high school, go to college, and take it from there, why associate with people who don’t have the same drive as you? It will only hold you back and may cause you to lose out on life changing opportunities. As a freshman, you should definitely expand on “meeting and greeting” but be mindful of those you're getting to know. Instead of being stuck on knowing everybody, try knowing the people who are on their way to the top and help you get there as well. Which brings me to my next point about upperclassmen. Coming in as a freshman, it’s okay for you to be shy, however, upperclassmen like myself are willing to help give advice and see to it that your years in high school are less stressful. If we made it to the point of senior year, then we definitely know the do’s and don’ts that will help you so don’t be afraid to reach out to upperclassmen. We don’t bite!
To touch on education, that should be your main focus. It is factually true that your freshman year will be your easiest year. However, that is not a reason to slack. You may think you can just breeze through it by not showing up to class, taking summer school, pm school, etc but in the end all you're doing is causing double work for yourself. Not doing your homework can lead to failing grades on tests to not showing up for class to failing the class then failing the regents. Then, when you come back next year you realize you're way behind instead of being on track. Hillcrest provides a way for students to have all necessary and extra regents to be completed by junior year so then by senior year the main focus would be getting college ready. However, slacking can lead to being behind then create all this work for you to do that you could still be doing by your senior year which is something you don’t want. Take all classes and every year of high school seriously. Study, reach out for help, use Hillcrest resources that they have to offer. There will always be a numerous amount of opportunities for students at Hillcrest and always someone to talk to.
Overall, Hillcrest is one out of many schools that can lead you on a path to success. Don't take high school for granted like it doesn’t matter. Regardless of what you want to do in life, you may think education doesn’t matter but it all comes down to knowledge. “Knowledge is power” and “with power comes great responsibility”.
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