To whom it may concernTuesday, May 22, 2012 By by Aaron Herrera
This is a letter to merely inform/humor future seniors, juniors, and sophomores. I can’t write to future freshman because they most likely won’t be able to read this. First: Get ahead as quickly as possible, and stay ahead. As freshman and even in some cases as sophomores, you are told what to do and the routines are shoved down your throat. But when we students are given that extra breathing room, it usually (not in all cases-there are exceptions) results in us pushing some priorities aside. Do your homework on time, which means the night it’s assigned or if you have time, during class or after school. Don’t get accustomed to doing homework the class before it’s assigned; you’ll get behind in that class too. When you have this done you can move onto the second thing. Second: Have fun! You know you have work for your classes, clubs, sports, or even people you’re trying to impress *wink*wink. When you have a ton of work, just laugh it off or look at the bright side. A lot of work that you get done will later get repaid with a good grade or some sort of reward later in your life. Being an optimist helps you get through things- you’re not going to get much done if you dreadfully hate the class. Also, be open to others’ ideas and sayings. From here, you should be able to learn new things, and make new friends; it’s just life. It works, trust me. Third: Relationships? Try to consider the fact there are plenty of people out there don’t just get hooked on one, be it the first one or any “one”. If you, as a freshman or sophomore find “the one”, fantastic! But the truth is most of the time high school sweethearts don’t make it. But sometimes they do, so push through. Just be careful! You know what I mean. To throw it out there, I’m still working on this step. Don’t judge me. Fourth: Participate. When I came to Alisal High my sophomore year (Yes, I went to Salinas High freshman year), it seemed really, really spirited. Right off the bat, rally, BOOM! And it was a great first impression. I can say I was surprised, and even more surprised as I watched that spirit disappear each year, especially this year. You see how it was good in the beginning of the year, and how it disappeared quickly? And when it’s a good rally, like the Bill Kearny rally, it’s fun. These are the things that make high school memorable! If you can keep your priorities in check and have fun, your following year in high school should be a blast. This year I had the pleasure to be a part of a group of individuals who challenged and helped me challenge my own creativity. From Pac-man in Halloween to Yearbook/Journalism to beating Salinas High in Baseball; this year was a blast. Finally. Enjoy the little things. High school, especially senior year, goes by so fast. If you have an opportunity, take it. Sincerely, a graduating senior headed out to accomplish that which was said to be out of his reach. Aaron Herrera.