An Independent School • Grades 5-12

by Allise T. ’21

Dear freshman Allise,

I want you to first take a deep breath. I know the past few months have been tough. There’s been a lot of change, and I want to thank you in advance for being open-minded. I know you miss home and you miss grandma; I do too. But I want you to know that there’s so much waiting for you here — at Lakeside, in Seattle. I know you said you never would be, but, eventually, you become a Seattleite. And no, you will not have an Oregon driver’s license, and that’s a good thing. 

If I could give you any advice it would be to be brave. Everything is new and that sounds scary, but new is good; new lets you grow. Embrace that. And when you’re scared, turn to your family. They’ll always be there for you. They want to be there for you.

Listen to your parents when they give you advice. They know a lot more than you do, so they’re right like 99% of the time. But, it’s also important to make your own mistakes. And, trust me, you will make mistakes. This ties in with my point on being brave. Making mistakes is also part of growth, and the more you fear making mistakes, the less you’re able to access that potential growth.

I read your letter to me. Please don’t be so hard on yourself. I know this will take a long time to figure out, but you’re not a failure if you get distracted or procrastinate or give yourself a break. You’re just human. Try to let go of the person you think others want you to be. Your goals today will not be the goals you have in four years, so work on figuring what it is you truly want to do. If you focus on the things you’re passionate about and make you happy, everything will turn out okay.

Don’t put off having fun (because you never know when a global pandemic might hit and the fun things you planned for “later” can’t happen). Spend time with your friends and appreciate the time you have with them. Nothing is more important than your happiness. Your friends make you happy, so be with them. I know you don’t think you have time, but, sometimes, you have to make time.

Some random wisdom: Never watch back your Spanish performance assessments. But make sure you save the recording of the rap about exercise you do for Wellness. Stretch, stretch, stretch. You had back pain once, you can have it again. Drink more water. WEAR BUG SPRAY ON YOUR OUTDOOR TRIP. I know you inevitably will, but don’t put off your art requirement. Art is fun, just take it. Also, you’re a freshman, so don’t even begin to think about college; enjoy high school while you can.

Love, 

Senior Allise (: