Words of Wisdom: Advice from Teachers
The class of 2016 has had it rough the past three years leading up to senior year. With the new SBAC testing, IB, and trying to pass all their classes; it has been an ongoing cycle since freshman year. Teachers advise students not to procrastinate and to to study. A common phrase that went around senior year was “you are not a number,” by Miss. Knecht to motivate students after a test. Mrs. Woods’ relaxing “om chanting” before a vocab test is another example. But once seniors continue on their journey to college and into adult life, what will their last words of wisdom be?
“Leave as many doors to your future open as you can, for as long as you can. They will begin closing on their own soon enough,” Mrs. Woods said.
“When I was a freshman in college I read the famous quote by the poet Frank O’Hara ‘Grace – to be born and live as variously as possible.’ These words resonated with me then and still do now.” Miss. Knecht said. “As it turned out I have had three very different, rewarding, careers and perhaps there is another yet to be discovered. I share this because I remember being your age and having people frequently ask me ‘What do you want to do with your life?’ I really had no idea at the time and could not have foreseen the path that I ended up following. So if you are as yet unsure what you want to do with your life – it’s ok! My best advice is to follow your heart, live a life of integrity and enjoy the journey. You may be surprised where it leads you.”
Senior year has come to an end, and all graduates have accomplished the struggles of high school. Although the procrastination will probably not end many won’t forget the wise words of their South Salem High School teachers.