Seniors Offer Advice to Underclassmen

Senior Zoe Riordan recommends auditioning for a play or musical at least once before graduation. This year's musical was Crazy for You, a show that required cast members to tap dance.

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Senior Zoe Riordan recommends auditioning for a play or musical at least once before graduation. This year's musical was Crazy for You, a show that required cast members to tap dance.

Take advantage of the College and Career center!! Mrs. Steiner is amazing at her job, and you will feel so much better after talking to her!! – Aaliyah Brown

Be willing to try new things and meet new people!  – Aaliyah Pooran

Don’t be embarrassed to ask for extra help from your teacher. They’re more than willing to help you with what you’re confused on. – Abbey Lee

Watch and learn from those around you. Everyone you meet has something different to offer so keep your ears open and you’ll find yourself learning things beyond just what you can in the classroom. – Adam Jensen

Don’t be afraid to act on a good idea. There are so many things you can create here at PR; just talk to your teachers!!! Never ever refuse to try something because you think it’s too good to be true. It sounds cheesy, but you can do anything if you put the work in. – Adya Kumar

Don’t multitask. Stick to one subject, then the next or you will crumble in the end. – Alek Lossev

Four years may seem like a long time, but everything blurs together if you don’t put yourself out there. Get involved and stay on top of your homework! Procrastination is a killer.  – Alex Ingwalson

Go on college visits before senior year and make sure you try because it affects college plans – Alexis Baron

Get involved!!!! Join anything that sounds interesting to you but not for college applications or distinguished graduate. Join activities for the willingness to meet new people and bond with your teachers over something you both enjoy. – Alexis Kantner

Soak it all in. High school goes by sooo fast so just be in the moment and enjoy it!! – Allie Kiefer

Never take anything for granted. Enjoy every minute. I always thought senior year would take so long to come, but it comes fast. – Alyssa Meade 

Always keep a positive attitude! It changes your outlook on everything and helps you in the long run!  – Alyssa Rzany

Get involved. That’s the best way to make a new friend, explore new interests, or both and it’s definitely worth it! – Amanda Heimos

I wish that I would have made the most of my time and made wiser decisions earlier on. Classes were not as daunting as they were made out to be; you can be successful as long as you have the right mindset. If there’s an activity you want to try or one that you no longer wish to continue, take a risk and try something new! Lastly, savor every minute with your friends and your teammates and your teachers because you never know when it may be the last time you are all together again. – Amelia Jensen

Get involved in anything at PR and don’t give up in life if it gets harder because you will get through it. – Amy Glenn

Keep your trust circle small. It doesn’t matter how many friends you have, just the quality of those friends. – Andrew Khoury

Try any clubs or sports that you desire because you may discover a hidden talent. – Andrew Woenker

If you are confused in any of your classes, ask a teacher for help. That is why they are there. – Anna Lasswell

I feel like if I put more effort towards not only my school work, but my time outside of school, I could’ve achieved so much more. As the saying goes: “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” – Anthony Pizzo

Do not stress over finals. – Ashley Kmiec

Enjoy every second. It’s cliche, but high school really does fly by and it’s an amazing experience. – Avery Tomlin

Try harder, especially freshman year because a bad grade can mess you up in the long run. – Bree Wright

Don’t burn bridges; build them. Try your hardest to be friendly with everyone. This will guarantee a more fun and fulfilling high school experience. – Brett Nygren

Don’t vandalize the bathrooms. – Brian Batliner

Do homework!! It actually does make a difference. Also get involved if you can. High school flashes by … and you’ll miss it. I didn’t get to get involved as I wanted to, but even with one activity, it was worth it. – Britney Martinez

Get involved and try new things – you meet so many new people and make amazing memories – Caitlyn Shore

Go to school every day, get good grades, and have fun while high school lasts because before you know it, it’ll be all over.   – Cameron Gablenz

Join a club or sport. You will have fun. – Cameron Suerth

Get involved; try something new. This is your time to explore new things before you get to the big leagues. – Carson Veath

Get involved in all of the wonderful activities PR offers!  – Chloe Haegele

Don’t sacrifice your happiness. If you’re in a position you don’t like, you alone have the power to change it. If you want the tables to turn, you have to turn them yourself–life won’t do it for you. Also join the speech team.  – Collin Preves 

Don’t blow off your first two years [because] it is hard to get your GPA up after those first two years. – Connor Hamilton

Enjoy every moment. Feels like yesterday that I was at freshman orientation in the theater listening to Dr. Koch speak… Now it’s all gone. – Connor Lydon

Don’t do an activity just because you think it will look good on a college application. Colleges can tell when you don’t care about something, and you’ll just make yourself unhappy – Daisy Kucharski

When you’re a senior, don’t complain about the underclassmen like you aren’t as bad now as they’ll be then. Just let them be themselves; they grow up. – Danny Lewis

Your mental health is important as well. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, depressed or anxious, talk to someone or talk to your teachers about an extension. They will understand. Make the most out of high school because it really does go by fast. – Denies Aguilar

You are NOT as mature as you think you are. And it would benefit you to start taking on some responsibility as early as you can. – Elise Gregory

Don’t complain about having to wake up early and go to school and really take in every day. You really will miss that place and everyone there, so be grateful every time you walk in those doors  – Eliza Dzurisin

Freshman year is so important for your GPA. If a class is just too hard, it’s okay to drop it second semester. Take harder classes once you have a good start for your GPA!  – Emily Cabay

Don’t ever let anyone else tell you the kind of person you have to be; that is for you to decide. – Emily Golbeck

Don’t care too much about what other people think about you and don’t change yourself to conform to how other people see you or want you to be. – Faith Rudolf

My advice to underclassmen is to embrace every encounter as they come…good or bad, because in the end, you’re going to utilize those experiences to build the person you’ll be after high school. – Gabby Martinez

Just send it. – George Concialdi

I wish I would’ve done more clubs and activities to meet more people. – Grant Klepitsch

Try your freshman year to start off your GPA high; make new friends because you won’t be with your close middle school friend group in every class – Greta Heinz

Real friends will always lift you up, not bring you down 🙂 – Haidy Perez

Don’t fail a class. It’s not worth it. – Haley Mari

Don’t focus on what people think of you. In a few years you will be going other places, and what people thought of you will not matter at all. – Haley Wegener

Don’t feel like you have to know what you want to do with your life after high school. I–and other people–definitely put too much pressure on ourselves way too early. – Heidi Goodale

Don’t stop working hard even if you had an easy freshman/sophomore year because any of your years could be your worst. – J.T. Matthias

Get more involved! I wish I did more after school clubs! – Jacob Munter

Freshman year IS very important. Set a good foundation for yourself because if you don’t, you’re going to have to pick up heavy pieces later on and it’s really difficult. (Exhibit A) – Jake Koffer

Try something you have never done before; it might surprise you!  – Jamie Gindorf

Try to get graduation requirements out of the way early, especially consumer ed. It will be harder to fit into your schedule as an upperclassman. – Joie Gindorf

Cherish your time in high school. I wish that time could have slowed down through my years at PR, and I wish I went to every school activity I could have. – Jolene Carlson

Have fun. – Josh Crandall

Peer pressure is a waste of time. Do what you want because it’s what you want, not because you feel like it’s what you have to do. – Joshua Scherrer

I wish I paid more attention in classes and figured out who my real friends were sooner. I could’ve made my high school experience better. – Karen Ferral 

Start SAT/ACT prep early; don’t wait till the last minute. Start on college applications early too. Cherish your time in high school cause it really does fly by fast – Katerina Theofanous 

Do not stand in the middle of the hallways, especially in the start of the day in front of the office. Everyone wants to tell you to move out of the way. – Kendal Skiermanski 

Don’t take your time for granted!! Have as much fun as you can! I have had such a blast these past four years, and I wish I had never wanted school to go by faster. One day I promise you will wish you could go back and do it again. – Kennedy Garner 

Start looking for scholarships early!! From what I have found some scholarships are only available for sophomores/ juniors to apply. Every penny counts and you will understand that once you get your “Ubill”.  – Kenzi Iddings 

Work hard all four years, and try many different things to find what you love to do. This is the time to do it, and you can find something that will make you happy for years to come. – Kevin Akerberg

Get some sleep. Don’t pull all nighters. – Kyle Coliflores

I wish I took more classes freshman year. I had a lot of study hall periods when I could’ve maybe tried learning something fun and out of my comfort zone.  – Leah Hanacek

Don’t take these years for granted. You only get them once. Who knows, maybe you’ll get a pandemic that takes away your senior year too! – Lily Alcazar

Get involved in something! The people you meet in extracurriculars allows you to grow so much as a person! – Macy Biggam

High school goes by way faster than you think. I know when you walk into those doors on your first day of freshman year, you can´t wait to be a senior and graduate. But before you know it, it will be that day and you´ll wonder where all that time went. High school goes by in the blink of an eye. Live every day to the fullest.  – Maddie Schwantz

Protect your grades and get involved in an activity  – Madison Brockman

Get involved in an activity outside of your comfort zone!  – Maiyah Devenport

Get good grades during freshman year since it will be the backbone of your GPA for the next 3 years – Mark Rohloff

Don’t get a pandemic your senior year.  – Matthew Loucks

Don’t fall behind on homework. – Megan Zang

I’d say if you were given the opportunity to step outside your comfort zone, then do it! It might just be what you want to do for the rest of your life! – Mia Coliflores

Don’t take an AP class unless you are passionate about the subject or will be taking it in college. I felt pressured to compete with all my friends and ended up wearing myself down with a bunch of unnecessary AP classes. Before committing to the workload, take the time to think about all of your extracurriculars or any outside responsibilities. – Mia Storz

Your friends will come and go but you will find those whom you contact with most and those people will become your brothers and sisters. Don’t be afraid to say goodbye to those who are holding you back… don’t work for your goals; make your goals work for you. – Molly Sullivan 

Don’t stress and live in the moment! High school can be a lot of fun, and if I can go back in time and stress less I would! – Neha Konjeti

Don’t have a collection of school IDs or you’ll get in big trouble – Niall Brady

Get all your homework done and do as many things as possible in school to make your mark and show who really rules the school . – Nicole Hernandez 

Get in where you fit in! Find the people who you like to be with and who like to be with you. If a friendship starts feeling one-sided, something needs to change! – Nina Gregory

Get involved and don’t be afraid to advocate for yourself and ask for help when you need it! Your teachers want the best for you. – Olivia Jewell 

Do not slack off freshman year because you will have to work extra hard the following years to get your GPA back up. – Payton Andrlik

Don’t sit back and wait to join a club, team, or activity. Or don’t wait to try in class until our senior year because your effort will go a long way when it comes to college applications because you will be doing yourself a favor when you get many scholarships and you don’t have to pay off as much student debt. – Peyton Richardson

Hold onto the relationships that make you happy. Cherish each moment you have with the amazing people at PR because you never really know how much it means to you until it’s gone. Enjoy the journey! – Reanne Weil

Be truly you at all times. Don’t be afraid to be yourself because you are amazing. I promise you people don’t care about what you do or what you wear because everyone is so focused on what they are doing. Just be you and have fun! – Rebekah Piotrowski 

I would’ve taken some of my elective classes sooner as a freshman instead of holding them off for later. – Ryan Fist

You are only in high school once. Try as many different things/activities as you can, and meet as many people as you can. But MAKE SURE that you get enough sleep every night. I made that mistake of getting little sleep too many times, and my health suffered because of it. Trust me when I say that homework and studying are not as important as your health. Trust me when I tell you that if you can get 8 hours of sleep every night, you will have success. – Ryan Goudschaal

It’s okay to not have the rest of your life planned out right now – Sabrina Vlk

Honestly, make friends old or new and have fun! Go to Friday night lights, homecoming, prom, any event they are hosting because in a blink of an eye, it´ll be all over and it’ll time for a new chapter. – Samantha Loudon

Even if someone doesn’t seem like a potential friend, talk to them anyways because you might be surprised – Sarah Pollastrini

Get to know everyone possible as soon as you can. Friends can be so helpful when you’re in a time of need and ultimately enhance your experience at PR by making things so much more fun. – Sid Lara

Trying to be “cool” and fit in with the upperclassmen is truly cringeworthy and you don’t need to vape and go to parties all the time to be cool. You literally are at school to learn.  – Sierra Siebert

Don’t take too many AP classes unless you enjoy the subjects. – Spencer Alvey

I wish I knew how to make friends easy so that I would have been involved with them and be part of more clubs and activities  – Spencer Hall

1) Freshman year does matter! Don’t blow off your work but don’t stress yourself out too much. 2) Don’t take stuff too seriously because in five years it won’t matter.  3) Enjoy these four years even when it sucks because it goes by so fast. – Tia Adams

Have fun with it. Yeah, you might be here to learn, but it’s a lot more fun when you have a good group of friends around you. – Tighe Vrbancic

Where do I start… Join every club that interests you when you’re starting (if you can). You’ll wish you had joined something sooner when you get to a later grade. High school is the time where you can learn what you want to do, so you won’t worry about being overwhelmed in college. Don’t be afraid of your teachers, try to become friends with them (even if you don’t like them), it will make classes more fun. – Torie Mertens

Just do the work. There is no other way to achieve good grades than doing all the work. Shortest distance from A to B is a straight line. – Tristan Viegas

To go to as many sporting events or musicals as you can because being involved in the school makes it feel smaller and makes you feel like you’re a part of something. So basically, be involved in as many things as you can and get to know the teachers and your peers and create relationships with them because it will make the environment more comfortable.  – Victoria Fisher

Do flex assignments so you’re able to take flex days. They’re rewarding to get a break from one period in class.  – Victoria Wojcik

Underclassmen should not go without trying out for a play or musical before graduation.  – Zoe Riordan