Moving up from middle school to high school can be a big transition for most students. The homework load is larger, the classes are harder, and the people seem bigger. The class of 2012 certainly remembers what it was like to be in that position, so class of 2016 you’re not alone.
Every senior interviewed had something that they wished they had known as an eighth-grader. Hopefully hearing from them and taking their advice will be a helpful survival guide to surviving eighth-grade and years to come.
Many seniors stressed the importance of getting good grades, such as senior Danny Sedita who said that “[he] wished [he] knew that you actually had to get good grades in eighth-grade and freshman year because it hurts you in the long run if you don’t.”
Besides grades, many students also mentioned that they wish they had joined more extra-curricular activities as an eighth-grader.
“Don’t waste your time; establish a club or start volunteering somewhere you enjoy as early as you can so you have time to help it grow,” said senior Alex Valentino.
Senior football player Stephen Lubnow said that he wished he knew “to enjoy each sports season, don’t look forward to the next one, they go by too fast to do that.”
Although upper classmen may seem big and scary, Alyson Augerrebere said that as an eighth-grader she wished she knew that “the upperclassmen aren’t as scary as they look.”
As seniors look forward to the next phase in the their lives, several seniors such as Rachel Bell said it would have been nice to know “that working hard in school was extremely important and would eventually pay off when you start applying to college.”
But overall, as their high school careers come to an end, the class of 2012 agreed that they wished they knew how fast high school would fly by and that they savored each year a little more.
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