Seniors give advice to their ninth grade selves


With senior year wrapping up, each student will look back at their past years of high school. With a myriad of new experiences through their years at BSM, everyone has something that they wish they had known as a freshman. Whether it be about friends, school, or even relationships, there’s always some important advice to be learned from the senior class. Seniors Anna Carr, Christopher Welscher, Hannah Vitelli and Jerome Newhouse shared some pieces of advice they would tell their freshman self today.

Academics is obviously a cornerstone of the high school experience, so it’s not surprising that many learn how to handle academics better throughout their high school careers. Whether it be what classes to take, how to succeed in a certain class, or how to manage your time between academics and other extracurricular activities, there are so many nuances when it comes to learning to be a good student. Working hard and trying that first year in highschool is a big component to doing well overall. “Try in school, because your freshman GPA really does matter,” Vitelli said.

Another big piece that has help students succeed through high school is the teachers. “Take advantage of office hours for finals and most importantly talk to your teachers when you need help. Teachers are there to help you and they want you to succeed,” Carr said.

With finals, working hard and studying will be the key to success. “Work hard during the beginning of the year so that when finals come, it won’t make as big of an impact on your grade. Prepare more for finals and don’t stress over it,” Newhouse said.

Friendships in high school are always in flux. While some stick close to friendships made freshman year, others may feel that their friendships are always changing throughout high school. Over the years, friendships come together and also drift apart, which can often leave students worrying over their friendships. “Look for people who are happy when you succeed and for people who are confident with themselves––it will rub off on you,” Carr said.

The little things like showing kindness to others and including others can make people’s day more than people would expect. “Treat others the way you would want to be treated. You should look to include more people and treat them with the respect you would appreciate. Being honest and staying loyal with friends is a key concept that builds stronger relationships,” Welscher said.

Having a good group of friends will also make the whole experience a lot better. “Always be around people that make your happy but will still be with you when you’re sad… be yourself and have fun,” Vitelli said. 

High school is likely the first place where many will learn about relationships and what it means to be in a relationship. Relationships in high school can feel new and exciting, but students can sometimes feel like there’s a lot of pressure either to be in a relationship, or to maintain one. What’s important to keep in mind is that it’s rare for relationships in high school to last long past it. They are not the biggest part of the high school experience and are not something to worry about. “It’s high school. You’re most likely not going to get married and a breakup isn’t the end of the world. Don’t overthink it,” Carr said.

High school is an experience that is all about forming students and preparing them for the future. It is a period of time where people learn more about themselves and their interests. Everyone learns about life in high school, and everyone makes mistakes, but hopefully by getting some advice about different facets of the high school experience can help students understand this confusing experience a little easier.