by Stuart Thomas
It seems as though each class at Monticello views the end of the year differently in their own way, unique to their process in completing high school.
Seniors Ny-jhee Jones and Kia Wassenaar both agree that the end of the school year means that one chapter is closing while another is beginning. Both Jones and Wassenaar say that the beginning of the year is exciting and kicking into high gear, then the end of the year is more mellow and forward-looking to summer.
Starting this new chapter is where they differ in reactions, Kia answers, “I’m excited, but I feel a certain amount of sadness about leaving. I’ve had an overall good experience, loved my teachers and I will miss my friends.” On the other hand, Ny-jhee answers, “ I feel really good about it, I think my parents have really prepared me, and that I have the right mindset.”
Some things they both mentioned were that they wished they had known it was okay to be yourself and do your own things, not fall into the crowd.
Both had some words of wisdom: Kia advised to the underclassmen, “Take the time and find things you are interested in – things start to speed up once you’re older. There’s less time to do things you enjoy. Explore who you are, live free and getting an education, try out activities, don’t worry about the future, it’ll all play out.” Ny-jhee’s advice is, “D’s and C’s aren’t okay, it brings down your GPA. Start your common applications early, and do extracurricular activities, college likes that.”
So it is true: the junior year is considered to be the toughest year academically, according to juniors Hannah Rogers and Aidan Stoddart. Rogers states that this year was a wake up call academically and Stoddart says, “ It has been a very stereotypical junior year.”
Each class was asked to give advice to the rising grade. Hannah recommends, “Don’t pack your schedule with AP’s. You need to leave time for yourself, follow your passions, find something refreshing in school.”
Aidan suggests, “You may feel like you are lagging behind but really everyone is struggling. It does really turn out just fine, be hopeful.”
Sophomores Collin Thomas and Amaya Gibson are both approaching the end of the first half of their high school experience. Thomas and Gibson both state that the years have been mostly positive and enjoyable. Both also look forward to the stress-free summer like most students. An improvement agreed by the two for the next school year was to focus more on school and manage their time wisely for schoolwork.
Most say it’s necessary to have a path of where you want to go after high school by your freshman year. Amaya states that she wants to go into the medical field but isn’t sure which division yet. Collin states that he would like to attend a 4-year college but isn’t quite sure what he wants to do. Studies show that about 80% of students don’t know their major going into college.
Thomas advises to the upcoming sophomores, “Don’t slack around in school, it really does matter in the end.” Gibson reiterates that by suggesting, “Don’t waste your time on stupid things, like using social media. Focus on your classes. These years don’t seem important but they are.”
The world of high school is said to be completely different from middle school. Freshman Josh St. Hill and Adriana Wells both agree to the statement that high school provides more freedom and opportunity. Josh says his middle school experience prepared him for high school. Both St. Hill and Wells want to improve on focusing in classes and not procrastinating.
To the rising freshman Josh encourages, “ Don’t sweat high school, it’s not gonna be super hard. It’ll come by quick, the years will go fast so enjoy it.” Wells restates what many have suggested: “Manage your time, it gets difficult to keep up with everything.”
The common theme found around the end of the year no matter what grade was the excitement of summer and a bitter-sweet change in the school atmosphere.