“You might not going to do as well as you did in high school.” Reality set in for current seniors as those words left the lips of HHS graduate, Lacey Krueger, at the “Return of the Seniors” event on Thursday, January 3rd. The class of 2013, soon going on to college themselves, learned many important facts at this important senior assembly about the ins and outs of college life.
Sixteen past HHS graduates offered their time to lead a discussion with current seniors. The open conversation proved not only beneficial to current seniors, but also set an important precedent for similar future assemblies.
Time management was by far the most stressed topic of the group. “You no longer have mom and dad to step on your heels when you are not keeping up with school work,” said Yalixsa Delgado; “you decide your own fate.” Graduates stressed that college tests one’s priorities; as a student, your academic life must overrule your social life if you want to succeed.
Graduates gave some helpful caveats, as well. They pointed out that although most classes are not consecutive, students should never wait until the last minute to do work. College professors can give monstrous amounts of homework and don’t care whether or not you do it; it is all on you. When continuing your academic career, take the advice of Michael Sickles and “get things done before you need to get them done,” or else you will have a frightening amount of work to do and no time to do it.
One post-grad difficulty commonly stressed was the need to stay healthy. Between staying up late and eating at all-you-can-eat cafeterias, college freshmen often experience a weight gain known as the “freshmen 15.” According to the class of 2012, you need a lot of self control not to eat your day away. While it is important not to eat all of the unhealthy food, it is equally important not to skip meals. Despite busy college schedules, you need to make time for healthy eating.
HHS graduates also offered scheduling guidelines. They pointed out that the schedule of a college student can be quite intimidating. For the first time in your life, you will have different classes each day. This can take some getting used to. Our past graduates advised that when looking at colleges, also check the class sizes. Different people work well in different size groups. Another tip given was to get to know professors; you may not know it, but they can make a heap of a difference in how the rest of your college career will go.
Most of our graduates agreed that, as far as preparation goes, there are a few tasks you can do now that will make the greatest difference later. They recommended that current high school students apply for as many scholarships as possible and not be afraid to brag when applying. Also, the group stressed that students should pay careful attention to what HHS teachers have to offer—even those teachers who seem to obsess over research papers and grammar.
Overall, the graduates seemed to echo: The future is yours.