I’ve had the privilege of working with students for the greater part of the last decade. I asked my first group of sixth graders (who recently graduated high school) and the seniors I currently work with to share some of their thoughts on their high school experience, and what’s next. I hope you enjoy!
What was the best part of your high school experience?
“The best part of my high school experience was learning valuable lessons from my teachers. Many of the men and women that instructed me had good advice for inside and outside of the classroom. My teachers were dependable and experienced so I knew I could always count on them when I was confused or stuck. Good teachers create bright futures.” – Rachel Mahagan Georgetown H.S. ’13
“Definitely last football season.” (They went all the way to the state final game) – Mason Alexander GHS ’13
“Attending every football game, pep-rally, and getting involved in the Blue Crew Club. Getting involved and not just letting life go by was one of the best decisions I made.” – Addie Downs GHS ’13
The worst part?
“Realizing how nasty people can be. How horrible this world we live in is. Everything in high school becomes so much more real. I feel like I still don’t know how cruel our world is because I have been sheltered living in Georgetown. So I guess a shorter version of this would be “growing up”.” – Kiersten Gonzales GHS ’13
“Trying to find true, good, genuine friends. That’s nearly an impossible thing to do. People change a lot in 4 years and most of [my friends] got involved in stuff they shouldn’t have.” – Ryan Rickerson GHS ’13
“Probably the school part. School definitely is not my favorite thing and does not come easy for me, which usually resulted in me crying every night before a math test, and many hours of hard work. I also lost one of my favorite teachers in the world and senior English teacher in a tragic car accident in January, which made my second semester even more difficult.” – Addie Downs GHS ’13
What’s the biggest thing you feel like God has done in your life in high school? How did that happen?
“I think the biggest thing God did for me during high school was showing me that life isn’t always easy for people. Good people go through terrible things and it doesn’t make sense but if you keep your faith in him everything turns out okay in the end.” – Haley Jacobs GHS ’13
“After a couple of REALLY unhealthy relationships He taught me that not only is He enough He is more than enough and that my identity is found in Him.” – Charity Sagebiel Bangs H.S. ’13
“God had me grow up and mature a lot faster than I expected when my dad started working out of town. I was forced to take on more responsibilities” – Mason Alexander GHS ’13
If you had one thing you could change what would it be and why?
“I wish I would’ve gone a little bit more out of my comfort zone to meet more people instead of keeping to myself at times.” – Amanda Bunch GHS ’13
“I wouldn’t change anything because it has made me the person I am today. I’ve made so many mistakes, I’ve been rude to people, I’ve done senseless things but hey I’m not perfect. I’ve learned from my mistakes and try very hard not to make them again.” – Kiersten Gonzales GHS ’13
“I’d spend more alone time with God. This summer 15 minutes a day in His Word has turned into hours! It’s amazing! I already feel Him changing my heart and my mind.” – Charity Sagebiel BHS ’13
What are you most looking forward to about college?
“In college, I look forward to meeting new people and learning new things. I’m excited about getting into my major and beginning this “future” I’ve been told about for the past several years. I’m ready to break out of my shell and experience new things and I think college will help with that. Going to Howard Payne, I’m also excited about strengthening my relationship with God.” – Rachel Mahagan GHS ’13
“Starting out at UMHB I like the fact that its a positive environment encouraging students to keep their walk with God the biggest priority. I’m also excited about starting off with a great foundation of friends (cheer team)” – Amanda Bunch GHS ’13
“I’m looking forward to being away from home, making new friends, and some Texas A&M football.” – Mason Alexander GHS ’13
Most nervous about?
“Getting around campus and College Station I’m horrible with directions and a bad driver when Im in an area I don’t know.” – Charity Sagebiel BHS ’13
“I am most nervous about managing my time. I am a big procrastinator. I work better under stress but waiting till the last minute isn’t going to fly in college.” – Kiersten Gonzales GHS ’13
“My biggest worry is how I’ll be paying for college. It’s going to be a tough time to get an education whil working a job and I might not be able to keep up with it all.” – Ryan Rickerson GHS ’13
What advice would you give an incoming freshman about the next four years?
“Get involved as much as you can. Don’t hold back on introducing yourself and meeting new people. Also joining a club or group of people who are positive influences” – Amanda Bunch GHS ’13
“Try your absolute best in school, be yourself, don’t take high school too seriously, and whatever you do love people and keep a strong relationship with God.” Haley Jacobs ’13
What about to an incoming senior about their last year?
“Cherish the freedom you have at home before you’re shipped off to college. Free laundry and food are two luxuries that college will change for you. Mend broken relationships. My dad and I don’t see eye to eye on a lot of things and I don’t agree with the way he lives. However, the past year I have worked to respect him because he is my family and I don’t want to leave without him knowing that I’ll always love him despite his flaws. Make your senior year count. Go to all the school events and hang out with all of your friends as much as you can. There are a lot of people you may never see again. Lastly, don’t give up your grades. My class rank went up ten places because other people decided to slack off. Ten places is a lot in the top ten percentile. Grades are really important your senior year (even second semester!) because it’s the last chance you have to prove yourself before you start engraving numbers on your college transcript. Good luck.” – Rachel Mahagan GHS ’13
“Know your deadlines and apply for scholarships. Make a little booklet or something and apply for all the scholarships you can get your hands on – that’s a job in itself! You can reuse a lot of your essays too! But most importantly pray and listen to God’s direction. He might not even be calling you to go to college.” – Ryan Rickerson
“Don’t wish senior year away. Your time to graduate will come, fast…so don’t waist time wishing it would come faster. Enjoy seniority and see it as an opportunity to invest in those younger than you. It’s cool. Above all the fun— take the position you are thrown into as an opportunity to make a difference in your high school.” – Addie Downs GHS ’13