An Independent School • Grades 5-12

by Bailey B. '21

Dear Freshman Bailey,

How’s it going? I hope you’re excited for the four years that lie ahead of you. You’re going to get to experience so much. You’re going to get to do amazing things and meet amazing people. You’re going to make memories you’ll never forget and make mistakes you won’t be able to. You’re going to grow and change in ways you cannot fathom, and you will be ushered out of your childhood and onto the cusp of the real world. There will be great moments and not-so-great ones, but I promise you’ll be able to look back proud of what you accomplished and ready for the challenges ahead.

With that in mind, here’s three things to remember as you begin your high school journey.

Live in the moment. As Ferris Bueller once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” It’s always the small moments that have the biggest impact. They’re the moments you don’t plan for, the ones that just happen in the midst of all the chaos and randomness that comes with being in high school. Embrace the unknown and stay present. You can never know when the moment will arrive, the one that provides you with the experience you’ll never forget. All you can do is try your best to be ready for it when it does.

Build lasting relationships. You get to spend four years of your life surrounded by some of the most talented, ambitious, and caring people you’ll ever meet. Don’t take it for granted. Really get to know people, people who aren’t your closest friends, people you wouldn’t ordinarily spend time with, people you think you’re not going to like. Life isn’t about the sport you play or the grades you get. It’s about the people you surround yourself with. You have the chance to create your very own community from a very special group of people. Use it.

Enjoy yourself. High school is supposed to be fun. Allow yourself to enjoy it. Don’t get too bogged down in the work and the responsibilities that come with being a Lakeside student. You’ll do stupid things and make mistakes from time to time, for sure, but at the end of the day, the things you’ll regret most are the things you didn’t do. Don’t worry so much about what other people think or say. Be true to yourself. Do the things that make you happy and stop doing the things that don’t.

One last thing: You’re going to find yourself in situations where you feel overwhelmed or lost. Don’t panic. Believe in yourself, and trust that everything will work out in the end. It will. I promise.

Best of luck,
Senior Bailey