Seniors give advice to underclassmen as they prepare to leave high school behind

by Daniela Wainfor, ’18

It’s been a crazy stress-filled four years for the graduating seniors. Up till now there’s been countless sleepless nights finishing up an essay or a research paper. Many early morning cram sessions studying for that math test, grinding out capstone in the last two days before it’s due, tirelessly anticipating oral commentary and spending all year doing AP exam review guides. While seniors are nearing the end of their high school careers, some are simply just beginning, and could use a few pieces of advice from the people that have been through it before.

Grace Neville*

Neville preferred not to be pictured.

Q: What single piece of advice would you give to the underclassmen?

A: Sometimes you’ve got to sacrifice school work for having fun with friends, and other times you’ve got to hold off on the socializing and put in some hard work. It’s all about balance.

Q: What did your favorite teacher teach you about life in general?

A: “Be kind, be cool, stay humble.”

Q: If you could redo your entire high school experience what one thing would you change?

A: I would join more sports and more clubs. Not going to lie, I was overwhelmed with what I committed to. But I still wish I tried more things.

Q: Any class recommendations?

A: AP environmental (but that’s because I’m an earth nerd), and two year IB business.

Q: How do you deal with the stress of senior projects such as capstone and commentary?

A: Make it fun! Choose choose something you’re actually interested in for capstone, and don’t stress too much about commentary. Just read the material and you’ll be fine.

Mustapha Ballouz

Q: What single piece of advice would you give to the underclassmen?

A: Make sure you stay on top of everything.

Q: What did your favorite teacher teach you about life in general?

A: “Whatever you do with your life, make sure it’s something you love doing.”

Q: If you could redo your entire high school experience what one thing would you change?

A: I would have been more involved in after school events.

Q: Any class recommendations?

A: Coffee shop is a good way to food service, people skills, and business skills.

Q: How do you deal with the stress of senior projects such as capstone and commentary?

A: One way to deal with stress is breaking down everything and to never let yourself get overwhelmed.

Maggie Morris

Q: What single piece of advice would you give to the underclassmen?

A: Always, always, always do the textbook reading

Q: What did your favorite teacher teach you about life in general?

A: Mr. Toohey taught me to never dumb myself down for other people and to make sure I know my own worth.

Q: If you could redo your entire high school experience what one thing would you change?

A: I would focus less time on making sure I have straight As and putting more time into making sure I’m not miserable. But I still stand by the textbook thing.

Q: Any class recommendations?

A: IB math studies is fun and if you have the opportunity to take classes at OSU, do it.

Q: How do you deal with the stress of senior projects such as capstone and commentary?

A: Get into college and make a decision before all of these things start happening so you have one less thing to worry about. Senior year is either going to own you or you’re going to own it, so it’s important to own senior year before it owns you.

Thomas Harper

Q: What single piece of advice would you give to the underclassmen?

A: Don’t double bag it.

Q: What did your favorite teacher teach you about life in general?

A: Puns can get you through anything.

Q: If you could redo your entire high school experience what one thing would you change?

A: I would have double lunch.

Q: Any class recommendations?

A: Lunch.

Q: How do you deal with the stress of senior projects such as capstone and commentary?

A: Wing it.


All photos by Charlotte Janes