Posted: May 24, 2021

I love talking with students and the senior exit interviews have been a highlight for me each year.  Like a lot of things the past couple of years, we’ve had to pivot and think differently about how we do something we love.  For senior exit interviews, we used a survey option.  I wanted to share wisdom from Hayes Freedom High seniors this week in response to the question:  What advice would you give to an incoming high school student to help them be successful, or what advice would you give to your younger self?

As usual, the wisdom of students transfers beyond the initial prompt.  Enjoy and have a fantastic week! 🙂



Words of Wisdom. Thank you HFHS class of 2021!

  • I would tell them to be calm and that it’s a lot easier than you’d think.
  • Show up to school, and ask, ask, ask questions. Also, do your work at school or at least get a head start on it for when you get home
  • Don’t force yourself to make friends, it’ll happen naturally even if you’re scared you’ll be alone. Forcing friendships only makes them weaker than they would have been otherwise, you’ll be fine.
  • just keep up with daily work and you’ll be good
  • If I could talk to my younger self, I’d tell her it’s important to become comfortable with change. Change is inevitable. Growing up means new friends, new classmates, new teachers, and new learning experiences. Change can be for better or for worse, but it’s always an opportunity for growth. Learn to ride the waves instead of freaking out and trying desperately to swim against the current and life just might become that much easier.
  • that you don’t wanna grow up as much as you really think, when I was little I always said I can’t wait to graduate and be 18 but now that I’m there I wish I was in middle school again
  • I would say to not let your fear of failure paralyze you and stop you from doing anything (school-related).
  • just vibe, make new friends, be outgoing and just have fun.
  • Really go above and beyond, and ask yourself what you’re truly looking for.
  • The advice I would give to my younger self is to never give up even if something seems impossible
  • strive to do what you want to do.
  • Don’t worry, high school is fun. it’s gonna be hard but you will make it.
  • Just never take a moment in high school for granted, because I think we seniors this year did and we did not get to have those last moments.
  • Be confident and be yourself
  • I would say to focus on both the small and big picture, because for me at least is easy to focus on one and not really focus on the other and not to focus on the past
  • keep reaching for your dreams, and never give up. and keep the people who support you close, because you might need/want the support later on in life.
  • I’d say to take chances and do things you feel like you’re scared of cause most of the times you’ll regret it if you don’t
  • Don’t worry about the things you think you need to worry about. Ask for help and don’t try to be someone you aren’t.
  • stay hydrated
  • Try and stay on top of your work. It might be hard to get motivated but even doing just a little bit at a time makes a big difference in your classes.