An Independent School • Grades 5-12

by Salma S. ’21

Hi, Freshman Salma!

Oh my goodness, where to start? Let me first just say that I am so proud of you for graduating from middle school. I know the thought of doing that seemed pretty hard on your first day of school in 7th grade, but I am so proud of you for doing it AND with a smile on your face. 

I am sure you are thinking about the many new friends that you are excited to make this year and you will meet amazing and lovely people that you will create friendships with, but always remember to never let go of the ones that you made at the middle school. Those people that you met on your first day are so special. Appreciate every single one of your friends even if some friendships faded because each friend who has come into your life impacted it in some way, so be grateful! You will also meet teachers and adults who will not only be a teacher to you, but a mentor. You will have advisors that will always be there for you, and so remember to show appreciation to all of those amazing people. 

High school won’t be a picture perfect experience for you nor will it be for anyone, but don’t dread the mistakes you make, learn from them. You will get grades that don’t make you happy on many assignments but don’t let that grade ruin your mood or affect your day. Think of it as a learning experience! High school isn’t all about tests and college, so remember to have fun! 

The thing that I am going to say after this is so so important and I really hope you take it to heart. DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF! You will always try your best in everything you do and so if your best isn’t a 100% then OH WELL! You aren’t going to fit the description of what every single person wants you to be so do me a favor and be the person you want to be. This might seem like a cliché but I promise you that if you do that, you will be the best and happiest version of yourself. 

Lastly, figure out the things that make you genuinely happy. It could be little things like smiling in the hall to people that you don’t know and seeing them smile back. It could also be something so big like figuring out how to spend your time after school, which might be tutoring adorable younger kids. Who knows? Just make sure that when you smile, you actually mean it. Anyways, I can assure you that your high school experience will be one to remember and one that you will forever cherish. Now, go and crush your freshman year!  :) 

Lots of love, 
Senior Salma

P.S. you still hate onions and I don’t think that will ever change :)