By Siera Millard, Parker Jones, and Kat Franklin
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Hindsight...It is one of those things that make you regret every decision you have ever made. You go over that embarrassing moment over and over again thinking - if only I had …
High school has the potential to be one giant if only. Unless you read this article, of course! Here are some different perspectives on high school from your very own senior Hawk Press members; each thought at one point: If only I had known…
The number one thing every incoming freshman needs to know is that if a senior tells you there is a pool in the gym, they’re lying.
Ok, that’s a very stereotypical prank, and most members of the class of 2023 are smart enough to see through it. But there are some other things that I wish I had known as a freshman that everyone should know.
What I wish I’d known my sophomore year: Sophomore year… not always the most notable year. You aren’t really a newbie, yet you are not not quite an upperclassman. You’re still booed during pep rallies and you might still be the size of an eighth grader. However, if there is one thing I wish I would have known it would be that it does not matter. Sophomore year does not really matter all that much except for grades. Grades are truly one of the only things that you carry with you all of high school. If you remember anything from high school...it won’t be sophomore year! So don’t be worried about getting embarrassed or making mistakes or accidentally tripping over your own feet as you walk down the hall and everyone turns around to look at you sprawled on the floor. Spend this year with your friends before junior year kicks in and you are spending Friday nights with your calculator! In the end, all that matters is that you make it to the end, you graduate, and you move on successfully and happily.
When I went in to my junior year, I had often heard the aphorism that described junior year as the worst. I thought that your year was what you made it, and that since I had picked all my classes there was no way I was going to hate it. I was wrong, of course, and junior year did turn out to be my worst. There are many things I wish I’d known going in, but the most important of these is that junior year is not the time to overburden yourself with work. You’ll already have four purely academic classes; making that harder isn’t going to help. Know what you can handle. If you don’t have the time for the homework of AP classes, don’t take them. If you don’t have extra hours in the week for extracurriculars, don’t do them. Your mental health should always be a priority to you, so take care of yourself.
If you do choose to go down the academic path less traveled (AP and Honors), you need to stay organized, avoid procrastinating, and take time for yourself every week. Arm yourself with an array of study tools, planners, and simple self care methods that will give you a break. Junior year doesn’t have to be the worst year. If you take care of yourself, it can be a lot of fun. There are lots of things to look forward to as well: your license, freedom, being an upperclassmen.
Junior year is what you make it. Don’t make it stressful.
Senioritis is only an excuse. You have survived 3 years of high school! Why throw all of that away for senioritis. Keep your eyes on the goal: graduation. Also, you will second your post-high school plans. It is normal! Stay positive about your future, but do not commit to every single thing you've always dreamed of in high school. Adult life will look different once you walk across that stage.
(Love- Hawk Press Alumni, Mrs. White and Mrs. Brackin)