Students of all ages struggle with academic success, and the question heard most from these students is, “Is there any advice you can give me?” For years, seeking answers seemed futile, but three top alumni from Hanover High School and New Oxford High School share their secrets for academic success, finally capturing the elusive advice students wish to obtain.
Hanover High School
Christopher Miller, a freshman at Lehigh University, “loves the environment and animals (especially cats). He enjoys reading, mathematics and statistics, along with shopping.” He seeks to major in accounting and minor in mathematics. He is also a member of Spectrum and LUMSS (Lehigh University Mathematics and Statistics Society).
- Make the most out of the time you have; high school will be over in the blink of an eye.
- Grades are important, but there are many more important things, like joining clubs you care about and exploring your passions.
- Do not procrastinate, especially during your senior year when there are so many new responsibilities and opportunities.
- Do not compare yourself to others; identify and focus on your own set of individual goals.
- Plan and prepare for the future.
New Oxford High School
Emmah Bowers is a freshman at Valencia College, majoring in dance. She believes that embracing originality is essential for success. Striving to stand out is more important than trying to be “normal.” By exceeding expectations, she shared her unique characteristics inside and outside of the classroom, both entertaining her teachers and peers. She found being herself allowed her to achieve not only academic success, but also personal identity.
- Do not build your identity around what superiors have told you needs improvement.
- Focus energy on what you have natural abilities for, and find ways to incorporate those talents into your journey of becoming more well-rounded.
- Be true to yourself — it will aid you in combating peer pressure, which can lead even the most promising students astray.
- Ask yourself what your core values are; then identify them, write them down, and refer to the list often to avoid negative influences.
Lindsay Fadenrecht is a freshman at West Chester University, majoring in cellular and molecular biology and minoring in psychology. During her four years in high school, she involved herself in school clubs, extracurricular activities, and volunteering, including Varsity Club, Concert Choir, Girl’s and County Chorus, Student Council, being a counselor for Camp Cares, being a freshman mentor, and playing tennis. She volunteered her time by teaching Bible school, providing service work in Detroit, and packaging meals for Stop Hunger Now.
- Never give up on your dreams, because with hard work and determination, anything is possible.
- Don’t be afraid to try new things, because you may find a new passion and new friends through trying.
- Time management is extremely important; managing time in college is crucial to success.
- Don’t miss out on high school events. Also, enjoy all the time you have with your friends, because once you move away to college, you only get to see your best friends from high school a few times a year.
- Volunteer, giving back to the community is such a great opportunity to make a difference.