Reading and Writing Our Way Forward
Dear IALCS 9th Graders,
I am writing this letter to give you my experience, my ups and downs. I hope by reading this, it’ll be some sort of guide for you during these weird COVID19 times. Most importantly, I hope it will prevent you from making the same mistakes that I did. How I remember my first day as an IAL freshman.
It was so terrifying, and really scary. I didn’t know anybody there, what made it worse. Mostly everybody knew each other from the previous Middle School. That pretty much made me a new kid whom nobody had known about or who wanted to get to know. But eventually I found my group of friends--and that's been the secret to my happiness at IAL. I know many of you will walk into school feeling like everyone else is pretty much mean and horrible. You will be tempted to be antisocial and quiet because of this. The reality is that everyone else feels just like you do right now, in need of friends and unsure of where they fit it.
Not gonna lie, Inwood Academy is pretty great. Once you get comfortable and get a few friends, you really feel like you're chilling with family except for the classes and homework part. Yes, high school will suck sometimes because of the homework and friend drama but this will also help you grow up. My advice to you, stand up for yourself, stand up to those who are wrong in certain situations. Even if that person is a teacher stand your ground. First day of high school, listen to what the teachers are telling you because a lot of what they said is true. For instance, about the grades, they aren’t lying when they inform you that grades are important. As a senior looking back now, I wish I would have aimed for that higher grade and earned more credits along the way so that this year would be more chill. Under COVID lockdown, rushing to get these grades up and credits approved sucks.
The hardest part about being a high schooler is learning to respect yourself and stand your ground. If your experience is anything like mine, you will realize that ultimately you are the only guaranteed constant in your own life. You shape your future, you get to control what you do throughout the 4 years in high school. Till then, cherish the time you have with your friends. Make memories that you will never forget. Memories that you will cherish forever.
With the best of luck,