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Advice from Current Students to Future Students

Starting high school is a big deal, but current students have some tricks that will make this next step a little easier.
by Clarice Reinwald ’22

Entering high school is a big deal, no matter if it’s Carondelet or somewhere else. It’s a time of self-discovery— of change and new opportunity. As a graduating senior, I know how much these last four years have meant, and here’s some of my own advice on navigating these next steps.

Be yourself

High school is a time of self-discovery and exploration. Changing styles, trying on traits, exploring interests is all part of growing—but so is staying authentic to yourself. In doing so, I have forged friendships that will last a lifetime.

“Be your most authentic self. The right people will find you, make sure you put your energy towards good people. Let yourself grow and change as you need to.”
- Emily Walsh ’22

Try new things/ Put yourself out there

Join clubs. It’s not hard to make friends, and clubs are a great way to find or rekindle passions and meet new friends. From the affinity groups which help bring a sense of community within the larger Carondelet community to clubs that center on a range of interests, there’s something for everyone. If there is one you think is missing, you can make it.

“Take a risk and try things outside your bubble! You won’t regret it! Surround yourself with people who make you feel like sunshine!”
- Mariana Aiello ’23

If something piques your interest, now is the time to go for it. Putting yourself out there and getting involved is the best way to find what you enjoy. Four years might seem like a long time, but believe me, the time will fly by.

“If you are even vaguely interested in something, then go for it—you are not going to be here for as long as you think you are.”
- Alissa Paulino ’24

Academics

We’re here above anything else, to learn. Academics here can be challenging at times, but don’t work yourself up too much. You’re here because you’re smart, and you’re special. Study for finals, but do not let them overwhelm you. Always make sure you get a good night’s sleep before a big test or project. That sleep will be more important than extra cramming.

“Your teachers are here to help you! They care about you! Don’t be too afraid to ask for help.”
- Kylie Williamson ’22

Do keep on top of your work because it tends to pile up. If that happens, my best recommendation is to just do it.

Don’t be afraid to reach out to your teachers and ask them to help. There is so much care and community on campus—teachers want to offer every opportunity to succeed.

“Get to know your teachers well because they have so much to offer you! Overcome the fear of reaching out!”
- Analise Sintic ’24

Misc. Advice

Leave a dress-uniform in your locker. It is the worst feeling to get to school and realize you forgot there was a prayer service or liturgy. If you have one on hand, there will never be a problem with forgetting the proper uniform.

Take on the lunch line with friends, it makes the time go by faster. Luckily, there are great food options that make it worth the wait.

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