SENIOR ADVICE COLUMN

By: Nadya Konadu

As a senior, I find it necessary to share some of the advice I have learned in my four years at Memorial to anyone who needs it. Here are my top tips that I would like to share with new or current students at Memorial or in high school in general.
Get involved
As cliché as it may sound, getting involved is one of the most important things you can do in high school. Not only does it look good on applications, but it’s also a great way to lay the foundation for your friendships and career interests. Fortunately, Memorial offers many clubs, sports teams, etc. Trying new things and putting yourself out there creates the potential
for a new interest, hobby or even friends.
Live in the moment
Appreciating the time you spend at school and the time you spend with your peers makes a big difference in your high school experience. Especially with COVID, many high school students have missed an entire year of classes, peer interactions and activities. Take the opportunity to cherish the time you have in high school and enjoy every class, from the hardest to the most boring. Before you know it, you’ll cross the stage and move on to the next chapter of your life!
Be yourself.
Have fun and enjoy it while it lasts. High school is about growing up and discovering who you are. But it’s also about doing what you love to do. Take risks by talking to your crush. If you fail, keep trying until you succeed. Maybe you’ve seen movies about high school and wished your high school life was like that too. Make it a reality. Don’t just imagine it. You don’t want to regret, as you reflect on your life, the things you wish you had done in high school. If you’re an extrovert, this won’t be a problem. But if you’re an introvert, don’t have many friends or are a one-man army, you should still go to prom or winter formal. Build very strong relationships with those around you, because the classmates and professors you see every day won’t be around every day after you graduate. Go to your prom, even if it’s not interesting, because that’s what the school is known for. When you get there, dress better than
everyone else, because you want to stand out. Try not to go home immediately after school. Explore and hang out with people you are comfortable with. Do all of this, but stay true to yourself.
Be grateful and enjoy high school
Never forget how lucky you are to have such a great education and so many people to support you. High school is what you make of it, so keep a good attitude, work hard and try new things.
Advice for Seniors
As graduation approaches, the thought of joining the adult world can be scary for graduating students. Whether it’s a gap year or uncertainty about what they want to do, graduation can come with some stress but also immense joy. There are many things to remember as graduation day approaches, but here are tips to follow while we seniors are still in high school. Don’t fall into the “senioritis” trap Yes, you may very well be exhausted after 13 years of
school. Yes, every day of the last half of your senior year, you may feel like skipping a lot of classes. But don’t! If you plan to attend a four-year university after graduation, your grades will matter.
Never stop learning
Even though the school year is ending, there are always new opportunities to grow and learn.

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