A news website produced by students of A.P. Giannini Middle School
By Sabira Abdolcader
It’s getting really close to the day we’ve all been waiting for:
finding out what high schools we’re all going to. It’s a bittersweet time. For some of people, they’re happy because they’re getting out of middle school and hoping to make new friends and having new classmates. But at the same time, there are some people that don’t want to leave their friends and are scared of a new environment that they’ve never been to. There’s also so much pressure from parents about getting into the best high school that’s best for you and your future. You just want to make them proud. No matter what it takes.
You’re already imagining it: Your parents are passing you the letter that holds your future while waiting anxiously for you to open it. You’re taking in a deep breath before ripping the envelope apart to read the words: ‘Congratulations *your name*! You are attending the school of your dreams!’ You’re so happy and relieved! Your parents are jumping with joy! Friends are calling you to tell you how happy they are for you! Everyone is so proud and are congratulating you!
But... what if you don’t get into the high school you want?
Well, of course you might be disappointed and heartbroken that all the hard work you put into getting in the high school you wanted to was useless. You may cry a little. You may not want to talk about it. It might be a subject that you’re sensitive about. All of that is valid.
But don’t worry! It’s not the end of the world if you don’t get into the high school you want! Your high school experience is not completely over! And here’s why:
1.Tons of other great high schools! Just because the high school that you wanted to get into was the ‘best’ one for you doesn’t mean that other high schools aren’t just as great! You just have to give them a chance. Certainly, there are amazing opportunities in other schools that the school you wanted to get into didn’t have. It’s not the school that makes your experience amazing, it’s what you do in your school to make it great.
2.College is more important! I’m not saying that you should completely drop high school and not care about it at all, but if we’re talking about what will shape your entire life and career, it’s definitely college. High school isn’t what’s going to frame what you do in life, it’s too early to determine that. College is what will push you to what you want to do for life and therefore is more important than high school.
3.Relief of pressure! The thing is, you probably applied to your preferred high school because you think it’s going to be challenging and competitive. But if you don’t get in, won’t it just be easier and less stressful for you in your other high school that’s probably just average? This way, you can just enjoy your high school experience without having to worry about complicated homework and tough assignments. Life is better.5.
5.Best of the best! If we’re talking about being in average schools, then we can also talk about the average students… If you’re one of those people who really believes that they’re more advanced than other students but got placed in an average school, then look on the bright side! Now you can be the best of the best in your classes since you’re the exceptional student in the sea of the ordinary. It will also look really good when colleges look at your school and see that you are at the very top. How can colleges not accept you?
6.Just do you! So what if high schools don’t know your determination and talent? You can be the best if you really try your hardest and just be naturally you. Again, schools do not determine your life, it’s really you who does that. Just do your hardest in school and everything will turn out all right. Probably.
As you can see, there are many reasons why your high school experience is not completely over. You can rock those 4 years just being you. Who knows? Maybe not going to the high school you preferred will actually be the best choice you will have ever made.
The Giannini Beacon Gazette is a news site created by the Journalism Club students of A.P. Giannini Middle School and sponsored by Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center (SNBC).