Advice for Bio-Med Underclassmen
by Christine Whyde, staff writer
MAY 2021 – On May 21, Bio-Med Science Academy’s Class of 2021 will say goodbye to underclassmen as they spend their last official academic day on campus. Many of the seniors will be heading to college, entering the workforce, and some will become service members of the United States Armed Forces within the coming months.
As they prepare to start new chapters of their lives, When asked if they had any words of wisdom for current underclassmen, many were eager and wished they had received some advice themselves.
Some pointed to their experience outside of the classroom. Christian Carmichael stated that students should try their best to, “Think big, dream big, and be great.”
Jacob Fergis looked to pop culture for inspiration, quoting Richard Vernon of The Breakfast Club: “You ought to spend a little more time trying to do something with yourself and a little less trying to impress people.”
Avery Coates noted that, “Oftentimes, the simplest answer is likely the correct or most realistic answer. Don’t overthink the little things in life and put that energy towards things that help you and those around you.”
Others offered short advice, specific to their time at Bio-Med and school in general.
Due to the unusual STEM+M based curriculum and focus on project based learning, it can be difficult for some to adjust to Bio-Med. This sometimes results in students leaving the academy to return to their home schools or a curriculum with which they are more familiar. One senior promises that the struggles are worth it in the end. “Bio-Med isn’t an easy school, but that makes it worth it. The headaches and long to-do lists will make you want to give up and leave, but it’s the hard work that will push you so much further,” said Kassidy Hirst.
Starting freshman year, it was made very clear to students at Bio-Med’s Upper Academy that a specific number of volunteer hours were required to graduate. Yet, some students have still struggled finding those hours. Blessing Mupinga warned, “Don’t procrastinate and get volunteer hours as early as you can.”
Many seniors stressed the importance of maintaining good grades and dedication to school work. Zane Price shared this sentiment, stating, “Make sure to do your work. Your grades freshman year set the course of your GPA, and it’s very hard to dig yourself out of that hole.”
Unfortunately, the pressure to maintain good academics can be very stressful for some students. Drake Duncan suggested that students should, “Prioritize school work first and then use free time after. That’s a great way to save a lot of stress and perform better on projects.”
Also focusing on school projects, Adriana Cooper stated, “Take each project and day one step at a time. Sometimes school can get really overwhelming, and I think it’s important to take a step back and realize the overall goal.”
Others suggested simple ways to better perform in the classroom. “Don’t be afraid to ask questions when you don’t understand something,” stated Amani Chava.
Outside of academics, Ella Case encouraged others to,“have fun in high school while it lasts. Graduation comes sooner than you think.”
The final group of seniors needed a few more sentences to detail their experience at the academy.
Michala Hrusovsky stated, “I’d suggest multiple things. Never be afraid to ask questions. Some things will be difficult and it will always benefit you to ask for help. Participate in as many clubs or extracurriculars as possible. It’s a nice bonding experience and you meet some great people! Practice time management skills. It will help in the end so you are not doing everything at the last second and stressing yourself out. Some things will be difficult, but that’s okay. Your teachers are here to help you and you should never give up.”
Aliscia Phillips assured that, “It’s okay to need a break, it’s okay to ask for help, and it’s okay to slow down. I spent a lot of my time throughout high school being stressed out. Time management has a lot to do with that so I would recommend listening to your teachers when they tell you not to procrastinate, but some things are just out of your control. School isn’t a competition (or at least it shouldn’t be) so comparing yourself and your progress to other people is pointless because they are not on the same journey you are. Focus on personal growth and know that the people around you, especially your teachers, are here to help you.”
Mario Frisone suggested that students, “Set both short and long term goals that apply strictly to academics and stay motivated by the little victories over assignments and projects. Your success is not determined by the volume of strenuous work that you can do, nor by your natural intellect. It is typically a result of how well you can apply your individual strengths to any given situation. Do not subject yourself to hours of grueling work every week. Go explore and live life as a teenager. Work hard, play harder.”
As underclassmen advance through the academy and fill the place of the Class of 2021, many seniors are hopeful that the advice they have given will help them to reach the full potential of their high school career.