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Upperclassmen advice for Underclassmen


Iwinosa, Egharevba, 12 : 

“Try making new friends outside your specific group, you are given new classes each semester and those classes have different assignments with different teachers and the way they teach. To survive in the class I think it was helpful to make new friends in terms of collaboration and make the class tolerable.  Additionally…Take classes you think you will enjoy.”

Kayden Ramsay-Alexander, 12  : 

“Don’t allow other people to live vicariously through yourself; view the world through a lens that you craft yourself and protect it from distortion because your vision is only understood from perspective

If you ever give a thought about anything don’t second guess yourself, just try it out, go for it, you’d make connections you never even imagined that may last a lifetime; become comfortable with being uncomfortable because regrets are detrimental to the psyche.”

Trevor Theuri, 12: 

“Pursue passions, face obstacles head on, organize your life, reach out when needed, maintain health, remain open to new paths, and build key social skills for a holistic and successful path forward.”

Erin Baker, 12:

 “Please take your freshman year seriously, that’s your foundation, with your course classes.” 

Jennifer Hong, 12: 

“Be yourself, get involved, and stay determined. These three virtues have elevated my confidence in pursuing my goals after high school and connecting me with amazing people. I have yet to meet someone whose dreams were too big to be accomplished.”

Ciera Cherry 12: 

“Take your freshman year seriously. In the end it really does matter. TPWK (Treat People with Kindness).”

Sophia Zika, 12:

“Get involved with the school, join any club, try a new sport, attend the school activities and games, you’ll regret it if you don’t. Also branch out and make new friends, don’t stay in one circle with the same friends from middle school, allow yourself to meet new people. Lastly, don’t procrastinate! As an underclassmen you don’t think it’s important to try your best in school, but it’s just as important. You are building your future all four years of high school.”

Ty’Aira Hawkins 12: 

“Stay focused and stay out of the drama, be respectful to your peers and others.”

Olivia, Jackson 11:

“No matter how hard or scary the next step may look, you should always go for it because you never know what other great things may come from it! Also, make sure you don’t have too many photos in the yearbook.”

Joan Ruhiu, 11:

“Enjoy every moment of your high school career as it passes by quickly. You will regret what you didn’t do if you don’t venture out and attempt new things. So don’t be frightened to do so. develop connections with your teachers and develop new friends to make the most of your remaining years at Foran. Another piece of advice I have is to never let your academic performance or grades define who you are. While it’s vital to give your all in your academic endeavors, you also need to make sure you enjoy all of your other high school activities and avoid getting too worked up when things don’t appear to be going as planned. Have fun and keep your grades up.”

Michelle Magiri, 11:

“Make the most of your underclassmen years because they really do pass by quickly. Also, don’t forget to keep putting in the work academically because those freshman and sophomore year grades still do matter. Regardless of what others say or rumors, ignore them and focus on you, keep doing what’s best for yourself.”

Ann Irungu, 11:

“Don’t ever be afraid to ask for help. As an underclassman, you may face a lot of issues that you don’t know how to deal with. But there is always someone willing to help, whether it’s a friend, teacher, counselor, or principal. So, never hesitate to reach out to them. Stay focused, you got this!”

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