Senior Advice to Underclassmen

By Mason Sandoval

“Don’t care about what other people care or say about you. Also, know what classes you want to take before you enroll in them.”

~An Truong


“Start thinking about college early. Start exploring different classes too, so you figure out what you want to do in college before you apply.”

~Mike Guo


“Don’t take AP classes just so you can say you’re taking AP classes.”

~Christelle Suarez


“If you’re not enthusiastic about doing something, quit before it’s too late. You don’t want to be stuck doing something you don’t wanna be stuck doing. Be sure to expand your horizons and try as many things as possible during high school. And respect your teachers.”

~Brian Robertson


“Don’t get peer pressured into anything you don’t you don’t want to do. Do whatever you want to do, not whatever they want you to do.”

~Jameena Sampan




Staff advice

SP.05 Staff Advice to Seniors

Compiled by Victor Xie


“Don’t be lazy. Many kids enjoy doing what they’re successful at but growth is only going to happen when they try the things they’re not good at.” -Ms. Lee

“Be yourself! Do not follow the crowd, but rather lead the crowd!” – Mr. Loggins

“So my best advice would be to save money. If you save money, money will save you. Also, don’t open up a ton of credit cards and make sure that you practice good financial habits so you’ll have good credit when you graduate college. If you have bad credit, you won’t get that dream job you went to school for. -Ms. Mitchell

“My advice is to take advantage of all the opportunities college has to offer, because college is a once in a lifetime opportunity you’ll never get back. I also advise that students take themselves out of their comfort zone and again take advantage of opportunities and experience that they might not otherwise have experienced in high school or beyond. Work first and play later!” – Ms. Kunkel

“Stay true to your goals and don’t lose sight of what they are. There will be a lot of distractions but as long as you stay true to what you want to do, you may change your mind, that’s ok, but just stay true to having a goal and seeing it through. Four years may seem like a lot of time, but really it’s not. Also, travel. I think it’s important to see the world from a different perspective.” – Ms. Pereira

“Now is the time to work hard. Enjoying life is great, but you’ve got to work hard now so later in life, you don’t have to work as hard.” – Ms. Lujan

“Don’t be afraid to try new things and go a different path than you thought you were supposed to go.” – Ms. Davis

“Don’t sell yourself short. Go for opportunities even if they seem to be more difficult than you’d like. And remember that most things require hard work and great time management.” – Ms. Murray

Alumni Advice Or Alumni Advice for you

By Mansi Patel

“Be patient with yourself! College (and beyond) will be a totally unfamiliar environment, filled with unfamiliar people. It’s okay if you don’t immediately have your life figured out or find “your people”. College classes are challenging – work hard, but also recognize that it’s (alright) to stumble! With that, it’s also important to be comfortable with being outside your comfort zone. As cheesy as it sounds, you have to challenge yourself and create the opportunity with growth. If you always stay within your bubble, you might not get the chance to meet an awesome mentor who might connect you to your future job or a friendly person who might become your best friend. Post-high school is an exciting journey and full of so much potential – enjoy it while you can! Congrats class of 2019! You did it!” -Runi Tanna, Class of 2014


“College is essentially a hub of people your age, just as confused about life and their future as you are. Use this time to explore, try new things, and figure out what you like and dislike. Scared of changing your major? Don’t worry, there are so many people who do that. Worried about living on your own or with new people? It’s (alright), roommates are just temporary. Petrified of the freshman 15? It’s ok, you’ll figure out how to fit the gym into your routine. In time you’ll be (somewhat?) of a master at juggling classes and adulting in the real world. Just make sure you’re always being your authentic self and the right people and opportunities will come your way.” – Johanna Au, Class of 2014


Be sure to celebrate your successes AND your failures. Both are part of the process of you becoming the best version of yourself. College opens up so many doors for growth- take this chance to embrace all the opportunities that speak to you. Strive to recognize your fullest potential, but also don’t forget to have fun!!! Surround yourself with supportive people, try something new, make memories, and find what fuels your fire. You have gotten this far, and are about to go so much further. Congrats, Class of 2019! -Colette Truong, Class of 2014


With so many choices to make post-high school, it is completely normal to be frustrated and lost. The good news is that these feeling won’t disappear for awhile. Even now at my second full-time job out of college, I still don’t have everything figured out! Life is about making mistakes and learning from them, however you need to first take that step out of your comfort zone to welcome these new experiences. Advice will come from all directions, but always remember that these are YOUR choices and YOUR life. Pouring thousands of dollars and countless years studying for a degree that makes you miserable won’t make you happy down the line. Don’t turn down an opportunity if you haven’t given it a chance. Don’t forget to call your parents when you’re busy making new friends. But most importantly, don’t forget to take care of yourself! -Vy Pham, Class of 2014


“College is a fresh start. Make the best of it from day 1. Engage with your professors, go to office hours, and set up a dedicated study schedule with no procrastination. Manage your time in a manner that suits you and helps you succeed in your courses. Also take time to relax and de-stress.” -Parth Upadhyay, Class of 2014


“Don’t chase success, chase excellence, success will follow.” -Yash Tanna, Class of 2018


“AP classes are a scam, take cc (community college) courses” -Trucdan Nguyen, Class of 2018


“Take online classes at Foothill for free as a high school student” -Derek Tang, Class of 2018


“Try all the extracurriculars you’re interested in during freshman year, because time will fly! Step out of your comfort zone.” -Namrata Shetty, Class of 2018