Graduates’ Do’s and Don’ts for the Freshman Class


Paul Mitalipov

With every year comes a new class of freshman. We’ve all been there: lost in the daunting halls of Aloha, with seemingly no one to turn to for help. This is why we called up some members of the class of 2016 for their advice for the freshman of this year: because everybody needs some guidance now and again.

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“Basically go to class and don’t slack off, but it’s also important to find a balance,” said Logan Harris, a freshman at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. “It’s alright to take some time to de-stress.” Taking time out of a hectic schedule to relax is just as important as everything else on the daunting to-do list. But remember not to just claim a need to relax as an excuse to avoid thinking about that essay that’s due next class.

Josh Casten, a freshman at Portland State University said, “Surround yourself with thoughtful people.” The people whom you surround yourself with in high school can become lifelong friends, but don’t be afraid of cutting off a toxic relationship — there’s so much more to life than just high school. Being a thoughtful person with genuine friends who care about you is much more important than how many Instagram followers you have. That being said, that one bad friend break-up you go through in sophomore year won’t be the end of the world. At the time it certainly will, but the pain will eventually fade.

“Get involved in extracurriculars! Colleges don’t want to see someone who just sat in their room and studied for four years. Join a club, play a sport, do something!”

Nargiz Mitalipov, 2016 AHS valedictorian and a freshman at Stanford University, said “Get involved in extracurriculars! Colleges don’t want to see someone who just sat in their room and studied for four years. Join a club, play a sport, do something!” Participating in a club, sport, or otherwise makes high school much more fun that it would be otherwise. Aloha offers a multitude of opportunities for just about every student: volunteering with the Key Club, running on the track team, and creating art in AP art classes.

“That being said, academics come first,” she quickly mentioned, laughing. “Study hard, and get help when you need it before you fall behind. It’s also never too early to start thinking about college! Think about your potential majors as well as what you look for in a college – but don’t pick a “dream college.” That’s narrowing your choices too quickly.

Have fun! High school isn’t just about getting into college – make it a memorable four years and know when it’s ok to put off studying to have a good time.”

Have fun! High school isn’t just about getting into college – make it a memorable four years and know when it’s ok to put off studying to have a good time.”

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