May 21, 2015
As a senior entering my final week in high school at Benilde-St. Margaret’s, I have some very basic advice for other students coming up the ranks. For starters, I think that all students going into their freshman year should focus on their grades. Your parents are probably sitting there telling you that you’ll regret not putting in effort from the start, and unfortunately they’re right. I remember the same situation freshman year. My parents sat there telling me that it would be really hard to raise my GPA over the next couple years if I started off too low, and they were right. So that was a bit of a struggle throughout high school, and it ultimately made the years a bit more stressful.
Secondly, I want everyone to know that they should enjoy their time here, as it goes much faster than you think. It seems like just yesterday that I was sitting in my first period freshman religion class with Mr. Zeckser, yet it was over four years ago. You also need to enjoy the underlying simplicity of your classes freshman and sophomore year. You may think that you’re getting it rough with a few big projects or tough homework assignments here and there, but trust me, it’s much harder as an upperclassmen.
Speaking of the upperclassmen, make sure you’re a good role model for the younger students in the school. I remember being a freshman and looking up to the juniors and seniors as super cool, respectable kids. You definitely want to keep that feeling going strong through the classes that come through the high school down the road. So in the end, I’ve had a great six years here at BSM. From my first classes in the junior high, to the struggles of high school, it’s been a great ride.