Advice, especially directed toward students, is usually just an echo from other people and the common popular opinion. We aren’t all the same people though, and what we crave to hear isn’t going to be the same, bland thing. Sometimes students don’t really want to get involved, and sometimes just encouraging them to try their hardest won’t give them the passion they need to be able to. I went up to many students and asked this question, what personal advice would you give to all students to help them?
Brianna Bennett, a senior, said, “Sometimes in high school you feel like you can’t do it anymore, and there is too much stuff, but just take it one day at a time and take time for yourself; like listen to music, draw, or hang out with friends. Then do what you need to. Realize who your true friends are from the start so you won’t feel let down in the rest of your high school experience. Remember that no one is smart in the same ways, so dont worry about having perfect grades. Having a better GPA then someone doesn’t mean that you are better and having a worse GPA does not mean you are worse. Follow your dream, and even if you don’t know what that is follow your heart, because that will make you the most happy instead of doing what everyone else wants you to do.”
Leslie Vogelsberg, also a senior, said that “The greatest advice given to me was to not care much about what others think.”
Kendra Squire, a senior as well, said, “You don’t need and shouldn’t worry about everything so much right now; this is only one part of our lives, and life really starts when we leave.” She also said that this experience does not define us.
Naomi Blakeley, a junior, said, “Just being kind and respectful to others will get you the farthest in life.” She also said to find what you truly love in highschool and dont be afraid to chase after that.
And last but not least, my personal advice to you is that others love doesn’t mean or define anything; and you don’t need other people to believe in you in order for you to succeed. There are always going to be people that love you and accept you, and even though that sounds beyond cheesy, that’s real. Never look at your dreams and feel like you could never do that or become that; because the truth is that there is truly enough space in the world for all of us. High School is one miniscule part in our life, and its here so that we discover the kind of person we want to be. Make every single mistake in the world. Wait for something that you feel so passionate about, you can’t help but do it.
In the end, instead of listening to just the normal advice, find your own advice, because that is the advice that will actually help and shape you. The only thing defining you and your life, is you!