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Dear Weber; A Reflection from The RamPage Senior Staff

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Dear Ninth Grade Ayelet,

Don’t worry, things are looking up! You’ll get the hang of this whole high school level class thing, and join the National Honors Society. Make sure to participate in after school activities and stay involved. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people and build friendships early on. They will help you grow as a person. Don’t always be raring for the end, sometimes stop to enjoy the middle. Most of all, don’t be afraid to be yourself and let people get to know you for you. You will grow tremendously, both physically and emotionally, so never let any obstacles get in your way. Try not to spend your whole junior year stressing about college, you will get into the perfect school for you. Take these words to heart, and whatever you do, don’t overload on APs (You’ll regret it).

Sincerely,

Twelfth Grade Ayelet

 

 

Andrew,

I know you’re extremely nervous about making friends. Take all the time you need to get to know the people in your grade, because they are incredible people and all of them have something different to offer. They will be there to help you with anything you need over the next four years. Literally, anything. You’ll study for exams together, have conversations on FaceTime until 2 am together, and unplanned sleepovers… together. They’ll become your second family and you’ll be lucky that you were part of such an extraordinary group.

Keep up with your schoolwork and manage your deadlines wisely! Do not wait until after a Sunday Night Football game to do a project due on Monday: it will ruin your sleep schedule and you’ll be exhausted for the next few days. Speaking of sleep, go to asleep at a good time! I promise you won’t regret it.

When you become a junior, don’t stress about getting a perfect score on your SATs. Your scores will not be the only factor that determines where you will attend college and will not define who you are. While senior year is the most stressful year, allow yourself some free time because you deserve it!

When you’re a senior, cherish it. Cherish every laugh, conversation with a teacher, lesson that you learn, and tears shed. You have until 2017 to create memories, so why wait? Go have fun,  be somebody, and we’ll talk again after you graduate high school. College awaits! See you soon, bud.

From,

Your Senior Self

 

 

Hey there, Ninth Grade Mattie,

Our graduation is in less than 15 days (not that anyone is counting or anything), so I’ve been reflecting. Right now, you’re a small, dorky freshman trying to maneuver the new, complex system that is high school. New people, new teachers, new classes, and no dress code. It’s pretty cool, right!? Even then, I know that you’re also having quite the time adjusting. Social anxiety, depression, and curricular stressors are the rainbow sprinkles on top of your “Am I Gay?” sundae. Just wait until you start thinking about gender.

I need your full attention. Trust me when I say this: you’re not nearly as tough as you think you are, and you don’t need to be that tough anyway. You just need to keep taking care of yourself, and the rest will pretty much follow suit. I know that your self-confidence is dwindling; just keep your head up for now, because it skyrockets around the beginning of senior year – a wait, I know, but it’s definitely worth it. All that stress I mentioned isn’t all rooted in school work; our mind is starting to figure things out about our gender and sexuality, and it’s going to take some time for our body to catch up. In fact, where I am now, it’s not completely caught up. Don’t worry too much: I have a feeling we’ll get there soon.

On top of all this, our serotonin levels are kind of wonky at this point. However, if you keep communicating with friends, family, and your therapist, you’ll get some great, stabilizing medicines that will start bringing you back to that fun, crazy kid from 4th grade. It’s been a while – I was surprised at how familiar that lightness felt. Also, I know you see some kids subbing out notecards with Netflix. Turns out, that’s really not our style. I also know you won’t take my word for it, because we’re stubborn, you and I. Just keep your nose to the grindstone, and things will work out fine.

As I’m writing to you, kiddo, life is super good. Senior year is fun, we’re going to the college of our dreams, and we’re having a blast. We can drive, and we’re pretty good at it, too. We have some great friends; and, you have me telling you to keep looking forward. It’s tricky to see that far ahead, which is where I come in handy: it’s gonna be really rough towards the middle, but right now, May of 2017, this is the best it’s ever been. And, lucky for us, it’s really only going to get better.

 

Sending love from the future,

Your Senior Self

 

 

Dear Eleventh Grade Harris,

As a transfer, you have plenty of ground to cover.  While arriving at Weber the latter half of junior year isn’t ideal, it is YOUR reality and up to YOU to capitalize on the resources that are offered at this school.  Let me reiterate that.  YOU have the ability to control any outcome in a few ways: view your situation through an optimistic lense, control what YOU do to prevent or to respond to a situation, and work hard.  Sounds easy, right?  If you feel like you’ve mastered life itself, it’s not.  These “things I can control” apply to everything that goes on.  As it applies to transferring to a new school, you’ll need to make new friends and acquaintances.  Involve yourself in activities you enjoy: sports, writing, music, etc.  YOU need to initiate conversations.  It is also relevant in terms of doing well in your classes.  Take advantage of the small school setting.  Look for challenging classes to take.  At this point in your academic career, YOU know how to study and prepare.  All in all, everything will work out.  However, it won’t work out because everything magically falls into place, because it doesn’t.  YOU need to do the work.  Enjoy the ride while you’re at it, too.  Congratulations.  High school graduation is overhyped and stick to your core values.

Sincerely,

Twelfth Grade Harris

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