An Independent School • Grades 5-12

by Sydney H. '18

Greetings freshman me,

I know you’re still mourning the great love of Jelena, but I’m happy to inform you that they are back together and thriving.

Now that we’ve covered the most important news from the future, I’d also like to inform you that the next four years are going to have tons of ups and downs, but you should make the most of every experience.  

Although you will get hit with a failing grade and think it’s the end of the world, learn from the experience. Take the feeling of despair and turn it into motivation to try something new for the next test; make study sessions with friends, don’t be afraid to ask plenty of questions, drink water along with your caffeine before the test. And whatever you do, always tell yourself, “you are good enough, you are smart enough, and gosh-darnit, people like you” (thanks, Dr. Town).

Don’t focus on the little annoyances. Don’t forget to go out and have fun with your friends. When you’re about to graduate, you won’t focus on the grade from freshman year that could’ve been thaaaaat much higher, or how you forgot an MLA citation. But you’ll remember the times you avoided Mr. Hartley while sneaking to your car for chicken, or baking cookies while doing homework.

Go to all the dances. You may not dance much, but they’re much more fun than you think. Be sure to ask people to dances with food because food is the way to the heart. Join the football team (even if you’re a girl). It’ll be the most fun experience.

Do what you love to do. Take classes that you enjoy. Others may do things for the Common App, but your time at high school won’t be as memorable or fun. I wish I’d remembered more from freshman and sophomore year. I know you may think you’re just trying to get high school over with, but next thing you know you’ll be taking a senior portrait and pronouncing your name to Ms. Keller for graduation.

Do me proud,

Senior me

P.S. Remember picture day. You don’t want four years of your freshman photo in the yearbook.