Crestwood Seniors Offer Advice To Their Freshmen ‘selves’
If the vision I had of high school as an 8-year-old was true, my experience would have been very different. My parents would have bought me a pink convertible, I would have dyed my hair blonde, and I would have gone to the mall and had a shopping spree after class every day. Somehow, the only important periods would have been homeroom and lunch, where all sorts of drama would have happened. At least, this is how high school happens in the movies. But we all know that life isn’t picture-perfect. Even so, it’s hard to know what to expect your experience to be like before it happens. With this in mind, I asked 13 seniors what advice they would give to their freshman self about high school. Here’s what they had to say: “Think about college stuff early because it’s a lot (to process).” — Alyssa Konschnik “I’d tell myself to just talk to people and not confine myself to a ‘group’ I thought I should be in ... having different friends is good.” — Rachel McFarland “Experience everything and have a good time rather than complaining or being so serious.” — Sarah Pavlick “Live in the now while focusing on the future, and don’t get too caught up in one or both because you aren’t truly living then. Also, walk fast in the hallways or else people will get mad.” — Rachel Penney “For the love of all that is holy in the world, stop procrastinating.” — Miranda Pagarelski “Try to involve yourself in everything over the next few years because you’re going to learn so much about yourself in each new activity you join and with each new friend you make. Be spontaneous and take risks because you only get four years of high school.” — Cameron O’Neil “Don’t be scared of upperclassmen, do your best, (and) be ready (to be) productive!” — Trusha Patel “Learn to walk down the hallway as if it’s real traffic.” — Jacob Wells “Don’t take (trouble) from anyone.” — David Wan “Take more time for yourself away from school. You need to reset your mind and enjoy life!” — Bella Termini “Don’t overwork yourself and let yourself live.” — Samantha Legg “Take every opportunity to have fun and to get into minimal trouble. Take risks.” — Virginia Gugliotti “Be diligent about everything and stick to your decisions.” — Korina Cheng What is there to learn from looking back on our experiences? Simply put, high school is what you make of it. If you pick challenging classes and join enough clubs that you can’t list them all off the top of your head, there will certainly be times when you’re stressed. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing— you’ll graduate with a fantastic resume and a lot of experience under your belt. But it’s important to remember that there’s more to high school than just class. High school is Friday night lights and deep-fried Oreos in the fall. It’s picking out the perfect outfit for prom and spending the night dancing with your friends at the end of April. It’s early mornings and sleeping through your alarm and drinking gallons of coffee. It’s finally getting to graduation, the moment you’ve been waiting for for years, and really seeing it as the bittersweet moment that it is. During your four years in high school, you will make some amazing friends and unforgettable memories. But all good things must come to an end. Thank you for everything, Crestwood Class of 2019, and may your future take you exactly where you dream of going. I hope to see you all June 9 at the Mohegan Sun. Madison Weiss is a senior at Crestwood High School. Student columns are published Wednesdays during the school year.