Whenever you hear high school will fly by so fast—believe them. I thought I would dread sitting in a big scary school for four years, but I met people, found amazing teachers, joined clubs, and enjoyed the ride. Venice is a special place if you really take advantage of everything it has to offer.
My advice for freshman or any class would be:
Make time for the things that bring you joy, it will make other aspects of your life more enjoyable.
Teachers are people, and good ones will treat you like one.
After two all-nighters you might feel okay—the third day is always the worst.
High school love is cool, but have you ever read a really good book?
Take advantage of the garden at school, it is truly a beautiful and special place.
Go to all the sports games at least once; football, baseball, soccer, softball, volleyball, basketball— they’re actually really fun.
Do things by yourself, it builds character and confidence.
The best advice I was ever given was, “Use your student card— you might not get paid but you have your time and curiosity which is more than most put in.”