Dear Younger Self, Dear Older self

As the second semester of school continues, we can reflect on the advice we have been given, the choices we have made, and the things we wish we were told. We can receive advice about different situations, such as choosing the right college or choosing the right choice. Usually the people closest to us, for instance our parents, grandparents, friends and teachers, can give us advice to help us make decisions. The advice can be good or bad, it all depends on how we understand the advice.

As we grow up we realize that the advice we have been given is beneficial. In a survey given to some students and teachers, the best advice people have been given varied.

“Always be true to yourself no matter what anyone else says or does,” said chemistry teacher Ms. Teixiera

This advice is good as we can all use it, especially as high school students who can be influenced by others.

“Don’t let anyone tell you that you cannot do something. You can do whatever you set your mind to and you have to work hard for the things that you want in life,” said senior Jazmine Cortez.

As highschool students we can be told that there's a lot of things we can not do, such as get into our dream college, or get the guy/girl we care about. We can do anything we put our mind to as long as we work hard and we believe in ourselves. Currently, we turn to our parents for advice in regards to our futures and with the situations we currently go through. Our parents know us the best and have raised us with all the lessons we have learned.

While our parents are some of the people who know us the best, we also know ourselves pretty well. We know of things we wish we were told at a younger age, we know our goals, and we know our morals. We can reflect on our lives as we have grown up, and we can think about the things we want to tell our younger selves and our future selves.

“Just do your best and be kind,” said Mr. Ferdinandi.

This is the advice that Mr. Ferdinandi said he would give to his 5-year-old self. Similarly, Marcelo had something to say.

“Enjoy yourself, but take responsibility,” said senior Marcelo Garcia.

Doing our best and being kind is necessary to help us enjoy life with the people who surround us, but it is only possible if we take responsibility. While we want to give our younger selves advice, we also want to give our future selves some advice with all the lessons we have learned.

“Be thankful for all your blessings and keep putting God as number one,” said English teacher Ms. Frye.

This is the message that Ms. Frye said she would like to give to her future self. Sometimes we lose sight of what we have, so it is good to be thankful and thank God for everything He has given us. Although we have a lot of life left to live, there still are things we wish we were told and things we need to hear.

In a survey given to teachers and students, teachers think the best advice to give to your 5-year old self is “Keep playing outside, keep exploring, and keep covering yourself in mud. One day, these wild places won’t look the same” and students say the best advice to give is “don’t be in a hurry to grow up.” Both teachers and students agree when you’re young you should live life worry free.

A piece of advice both teachers and students wish they were told is “Don't be afraid to just be yourself, say "no" when you feel you should, and always follow your gut when things don't seem right.” It is always a good idea to follow your gut because you know yourself the most. Finally, teachers and students agree on telling their future selves to, “Focus on your future but don't forget to live in the present.” This is great advice as we can use the reminder to live in the present. Advice can be given by anyone at any time. What is the best piece of advice you have received and who gave it to you?


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