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Talking to Your Freshman Self

By: Katie Payne


Hindsight is a very funny thing. You might look back on a time in your life and think about many different things. Why did I act that way? Why did I wear that? Why did no one warn me that my classes are hard! As a junior here at Wheaton North I find it really interesting to look back on my freshman year when I was still really clueless about high school routines, activities, and normal behaviors. When you are a freshman you tend to think you know everything, however; that's just not true. I asked some of my sophomore, junior, and senior peers what advice they would give their freshman self if they could talk to them.


Zach Popham, a junior at Wheaton North says that he would tell himself, “Keep a day planner. Even though it’s embarrassing sometimes, you’ll never get a missing assignment.” Thanks Zach!


Kate Kucera, a senior at Wheaton North explained that, “Getting involved is really important. It’s the best way to meet friends and form relationships.” Sometimes getting involved really does make all the difference in your highschool experience. I think any upperclassmen at North would strongly agree with that statement. Anna Hudson, a junior also agrees with Kate that getting involved is important. She says, “Extracurriculars are so much fun and you make a lot of friends through them.”


Once your time at Wheaton North is over you will be so thankful that you put yourself out there and tried new things, met new people, and most importantly had new experiences. It’s even better when you are able to make friends and spend time with people you like while getting to experience new things. Autumn Castellanos said it best, “Live in the moment because those memories will last a lifetime.”


Kate Wanzenberg, a senior at North says she would tell herself, “Enjoy every single minute! It goes by in the blink of an eye!” Be mindful of your time here and make it as enjoyable as you can. You will be so thankful in the end that you were bold enough to live in the present and be thankful for the time you spent here. To all the clueless freshmen, I hope this helped!


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