An Independent School • Grades 5-12

by Michael C. '21

Hi Michael,

Right now, it’s hard to think of many positives. School has been online, and will continue to be, for many months. Instead of walking into first period Spanish and seeing the smiling face of your best friend, you have to log into Zoom and look at a bunch of boxes for hours on end. Lakeside is an amazing place, but it seems the end of your career there won’t be as special as you were wishing. That’s why I urge you to take advantage of everything it has to offer, before it’s too late. 

Explore your interests, not what you think your interests should be. Trust me, it’s not worth it to do things you don’t enjoy. Not only will you suck at them, but you won’t gain anything from it. Try not to listen to anyone but yourself and pursue what your head and your heart tell you; you won’t be disappointed. You won’t have any trouble finding what you enjoy at Lakeside, and if it takes some time, that’s ok, don’t panic. 

Make more time for yourself. The most important person in your life is you; remember that. While it may not seem that way sometimes, it’s crucial you always believe that. Pleasing others is important, but never let that get in the way of making yourself happy. 

At the end of the day, the best advice I can give you is to do what makes you happy. I know this sounds like the most basic advice, but it’s not as easy as you think. Don’t waste your time worrying about things out of your control, and don’t try to convince yourself you like something, it will never work. While you have the privilege of attending Lakeside, become a version of yourself you can be proud of. 

Good luck,
Michael C.