By Sunny Roy

This end of this school year is fast approaching, and as the Class of 2015 anxiously waits to be seniors, some teachers have given advice to them to make the most of their long-anticipated senior year. Use this advice to help you have your own B.Y.E. (best year ever!)

Don Southard says:

“Make sure you don’t wish the year away. Live and enjoy the year! You only get to do senior year high school once!”

Mrs. Sadler shares:

“My advice is to enjoy it! There’s a lot of distraction and it’s easy to forget that this is the last time you will be together as a class. Make the memories together that will keep you coming back as alums for the next 50+ years!

Also keep the senior room neat and tidy:) for your good buddy Ms Godshall’s sake.”

Ms. Krist advises:

“Enjoy your senior year!

There is a myth that senior year is a blow off…..WRONG! You will work hard senior year because you are at the pinnacle of your high school career.

Start your college essays in the summer…it will make your lives exponentially better in October, November…..

Start your thesis as soon as your teacher introduces it – keep up with the due dates and it will not be a problem come May.

Ask for help if you start to feel overwhelmed.

Make good choices, be a good roll model.

Take good care of yourselves; mind, body and soul – take time to still be a kid…”

Ms. Shah pipes in:

“A few important elements of Project B.Y.E.:

Creativity: You aren’t boxed in. Become a problem-solver in tense moments.

People: Don’t assume you’ve got to do it all yourself. Tap the expertise and experience of people who’ve been there before.

Sleep: Don’t try to get ahead by forgoing sleep. If you are always sleep-deprived, everything you’re trying to accomplish becomes harder.

Spa water: Because the dining hall staff has a new recipe every day

Courage: You can manage whatever this last year of high school brings. Practice being brave every day.

Compassion: Everyone has a story. No one’s is completely written.”

Ms. McMillian adds:

“You may think you don’t have time to sleep, but you do.  It will make everything else easier and less overwhelming if you are rested.

Cultivate the person you want to be, not the person you think someone else wants you to be.”

Mr. Parsons contributes:

“Ok — advice for seniors. Here goes. The following maybe sounds cheesy but in practice isn’t. For starters, grasp fully and embrace wholeheartedly the idea/knowledge that thoughts are choices. For instance, there’s this whole college process you’ve probably heard about. Don’t let that be a thing that happens to you next year but something that you own for yourself and do on your terms in the best way you can. It’s a lot of work, sure, and it’s outright grueling at times. It’s also a stunning opportunity that I promise will end well for every one of you. And (cue the music and start dancing because….) you’re all in this together. Consider: last year, we several times gathered groups of ten seniors together from 6-9 pm and ate and wrote and conferenced over essays. A two-liter of Pepsi exploded all over the floor, the room was always littered with empty greasy pizza boxes and smelled really bad the next morning (winter, windows closed, radiators…). And/but the thing is: IT WAS FUN. Check it out: Were seniors perfecting their common app essay and hammering out supplements? Or was it about classmates eating good food and enjoying each other’s company and bonding through shared experience?

See: we get some say in how we experience things. Believe it or not, several people in that photo had that very night multiple “Why ________?” supplements to write — and those are clearly the roughest supplements to write. So why are they smiling?

Also: make art. Whether it’s sketches or poems or formulas or experiments or solar-powered charging stations or paintings or comics or computer code or whatever form happens to be yours — just make things that bring you closer to truth and beauty. And share it.”

Ms. Godshall brings it home:

“My best advice for any senior class, for what it is worth, is to listen carefully to the adults in this building. While this is your first senior year, it is not ours. As I am fond of saying, this is not my first rodeo. We will help you along the way. We will guide you. We will offer you advice–you can take it or leave it–but please know that we are coming from a place of love and want to help you have a fantastic senior year! It is a really special time in life–try to enjoy it as much as possible!”