When it comes to high school, most people just think of having too much homework and taking classes you won’t ever need. Most people think that what happens in high school won't matter after graduation. High school is so much more than that: the recently graduated class of 2017 has learned that. Some of these past seniors want you to know what lessons learned at NHHS they found to be the most helpful through their journeys.
While discussing how NHHS works to prepare their students for the outside world, two out of three alumni said that the school did a good job with it. One student even called out a specific teacher as being the most helpful. LeeAnna Linton, a recent New Haven graduate, found that Ms. McCroskey helped her the most.
As LeeAnna said, “She taught us English the way that college professors do. She gave us homework that was college-level, and those things helped with getting prepared for college. She also gave us a lot of knowledge about college in general.”
LeeAnna added, “Ms. McCroskey was very personable, and I knew if I had college questions she had the answers. She was definitely helpful during my college transition.”
Patricia Weatherly, another member of the class of 2017, on the other hand didn’t find one specific teacher to be helpful-- instead, it was a specific class.
Patricia simply stated, “Finance classes have really helped me, especially Personal Finance and Accounting.”
Furthermore, another recent graduate, Rachel Connell, said, “I would say that personal finance helped me more than any other class, at least I was somewhat learning the basics of finances.”
These same students also wanted to shed some light so that you can get the most out of high school. For seniors, to sum up their advice, have fun!
LeeAnna advises, “Enjoy this year. It goes by way too fast. Be grateful for the amazing opportunity you have to be a Shamrock! It is truly an amazing experience that I miss dearly. Have fun, laugh, and get prepared for college. It isn’t the way it is in the movies.”
Patricia had some similar advice. She said, “When they tell you that senior year is going to go by quickly, they mean it. So make the most of it. Treasure the memories you make with your classmates and friends. Make sure that when you are on senior trip, you do as much as possible. It’s worth it.”
For juniors, these past seniors advise you to keep this year serious.
LeeAnna suggests, “Juniors should really take this this year seriously. Prepare for the ACT and work hard because colleges are starting to look into you. Start going on college tours and looking at what majors interest you, so that when you apply for college, you have an idea.”
For sophomores, they suggest that you start thinking about your plans for yourself.
LeeAnna advises, “Start getting an idea of what you want to do after high school and just continue getting good grades.”
For freshmen, these graduates tell you to get comfortable: you’ll be with the people around you for all of high school.
LeeAnna suggests, “Get involved in school and really focus on your grades. Get to know your teachers and start building connections with your classmates.”
As general advice for everyone, Rachel Connell says, “Be smart, save money, and apply for scholarships.”
This advice is coming from people who have been in the very same seats as you. They know what you are going through. Trust them when they say they can lend you some knowledge. Listen to them when they say you should get ready. The truth is, high school is over in the flash of an eye, and if you aren’t careful, you could miss out on some of the most important moments.
As Patricia Weatherly said, “I may not know much at this point in my life, but I am happy to have had NHHS to show me the way. I am proud to be part of the NHHS alumni and, one day, you will be too!”