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Jeremy De La Rosa, Incoming Senior


Dear Incoming Freshmen, 

Welcome to high school! And welcome to the place that will absolutely test your intelligence, your endurance, and most importantly your patience. This school is by no means easy. It is not a simple stroll in the park, and you will spend hours and hours studying and stressing. But it’s important to remember that it will all be worth it in the end. Going through elementary school, you’ve probably heard time and time again from your teachers on how high school will be insanely hard and teachers would be very strict. Although high school is much more involved and difficult than elementary, the teachers here aren’t the devils they are made out to be. The teachers here love to help their students succeed. Some advice I’d give is to have good and close friends. Having good friends can make the difference between a long and stressful school year to one that is more manageable. Having supportive friends can make high school much more doable. One other piece of advice is not being lazy. I am very guilty of this myself. Being lazy now will only cause more work to arise in the future.

Homework is inevitable, and you may have teachers that assign homework almost everyday. Put aside an hour or two after school specifically for homework, and you will do fine. Possibly one of my favorite parts of high school was getting to meet new people and making new friends. Everyone I know is amazing and intelligent and you are sure to find new friends to form bonds with. Another part I enjoyed were the field trips. There are some great field trips to be enjoyed, however seats are limited and getting invited takes a combination of having high grades and good standing with the teacher. 

The selection of multiple different pathways you can choose from really made this school unique and is what brought me here in the first place. The teachers are well informed and qualified in their material. You are sure to receive a good education that may stick with you for years to come. The opportunities that each pathway offers can be life changing. I recommend enrolling for the Dual Enrollment courses that will be offered, although it will drastically increase the amount of classes and work you receive, being able to graduate with an Associate’s Degree will put you in a good position for college and for life later on. Starting high school may seem like a daunting task, but being here will make you realize it wasn’t all as bad as people made it appear.

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