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Key Advice for Seniors Heading to College

Emily Gerstner
Mr. D’Amico

As the class of 2024’s high school experience is coming to an end, we’ve been having questions and expectations for college. As college approaches, us seniors wonder what that college life will really be like, and if it will change us for the better. If so, how will it change us, what skills for life will we pick up from going to college? What’s something we’ll find out about college that we would never never know about, and what’ll be our worries for college that we can share with underclassmen? Personally, I think by asking staff members around Mission High, they can really tell us seniors what’s going to be a struggle and how to get through those struggles, and really just the process of getting through college overall.

So feeling this way as college is coming, I’ve decided to ask four school staff members for advice for college and what college was like for them as well. Mr. Arreguin’s advice would be to not take out student loans as that’ll cause more student debt, as well as to try to seek as much help as you can. Find out what resources your school has, such as tutoring, books, and different libraries where you can get those books. Also, communicate with your counselor and colleagues, which will be a big key factor in your role in planning to be in college. 

Another teacher, Mr. D’Amico, said, “Be on time to your classes.” Mr. D’Amico also suggested going to see your professors during office hours, as that can play a huge role in getting the work done along with some help, as everybody needs help at some point in time when in college. 

And most of all, Mr. D’Amico said, “Have fun too!” which means don’t be afraid to meet new people and make friends. There’s no problem in having fun in college and sometimes it’s more of a deserving thing after the work you put in for working hard in college.

Next, Ms. Murray told me don’t be afraid to try new things. Sometimes people head into college thinking they’re already set on their interests. They think they like those things their mind is set on, when in some cases it’s the complete opposite. New courses will expand more options for you in college which is something most people don’t do. Expanding in college is something that you should want for yourself in college, not just as a student, but as a person going on your own journey in life. 

Last but not least, the football/baseball coach Mr. Bey shared with me that when in college, you should stick to a plan that’ll benefit you. Try to surround yourself with people who will be beneficial for you. And make a plan that’s a good path and really stick to it. You also have to learn to deal with rejection when people don’t want to work with you. Really you just have to do the things that benefit you and step out of your comfort zone for the be

Mr. Bey (Dominic McDonald)


So after taking in all this advice, good luck to all seniors graduating in the class of 2024. You are making this big transition into college and becoming not only a young adult but your own person who will make choices that define your path in life. Keep your head high and hopes up. Class of 2024, get ready for college!

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Dominic McDonald, Staff Writer
He/Him Dominic goes by Dom.  Dom can get the job done. He is also a student athlete who's a nice, quiet and a genuine person.
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