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Valerie Contreras, Editor or The Science Star, Graduating Senior

Valerie Contreras, Editor or The Science Star, Graduating Senior


Dear Incoming Freshmen, 

Entering high school is one of the most drastic changes that you will go through in your life at the moment. It presents the opportunity for you to discover the type of person you want you to be. You also won’t be treated as a kid as much as you think. You are responsible for your actions and you will be held accountable when consequences need to be faced. 

If you are struggling with any class, you should talk to your teacher on what you can do to help yourself be better in their class. You can also speak with your counselor about any issues that may be preventing you from doing well in school. PASE also gives students many opportunities to be part of different programs that benefit us for our future. The variety of clubs and sports is never-ending!

Teachers are very resourceful and they will do anything to help you even if it is not school related. You can build friendships with your teachers so you won’t feel as alone, but also don’t be afraid to talk to other people. They may end up being really good friends with you. One of my favorite teachers is Mr. Nyabeta. He is very charismatic and cares about his students but he is strict when it comes to school. However, he will help you figure out a topic if you don’t understand, but don’t expect him to give you the answers. He will make you figure it out on your own for your own benefit. 

High school honestly goes by pretty quick. I suggest that you try your best and seek help when you need it. That’s not something I’ve always done, but looking back now I wish I had. Procrastination is something we all go through, but we have to push and get work done. Managing your time is also a great way to achieve success. If you have a lot going on such as work, sports, and home life, and you feel overwhelmed, try making a schedule to manage it all. I started doing this toward the end of sophomore year and it is really hard to stick with at first, but the more consistent you are with it, the easier it will be. 

In all honesty, high school is what you make of it. I wish you all the best of luck.

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