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Leaving seniors leave advice

Even though the class of 2018 is leaving, they’re imparting their wisdom and lessons from RAHS in hopes of helping underclassmen
Photo by Will Garren

The class of 2018 is graduating 14 June 2018. After four year at RAHS, they have useful information on how to traverse high school for underclassmen.

Senior and athlete Hannah Kaiser knows that studies are important in life especially in high school. However, enjoying yourself in high school is equally as important.  

“I wish I would have known to have more fun outside of school rather than studying,” said Kaiser. “I wish I spent more time to myself especially sophomore and junior year doing more of what I love.”

Kaiser has found the key to her success—which is to live a happy and fun life—and hopes students know as they move through their high school experience.

“Don’t get too caught up in what’s going on. Let loose and have some fun, don’t worry about getting perfect grades,” said Kaiser. “Try your best and live a happy life. Enjoy high school because a lot is going to change when you get out!”

Senior Stella Sission has been through the ups and down of high school and now has the proper knowledge to tackle an overbearing schedule.

“I wish that before I had started my Senior year, people had told me that it was hard. Balancing school, AP classes, and all of the intricacies that come with college was much more difficult than I anticipated,” said Sisson. “It can be stressful to balance the two, and it might sound crazy to add a third thing, but something that really helped me was getting consistent exercise. It always made me feel more relaxed.”

Senior and ASB member Keir Hichens has a rule every student at RAHS should follow.

“I would say that I try and follow one rule in particular,” said Hichens, “which is I if get some assignment, or just a task, if it takes me under 3-minutes to complete I will get it done right away. That way my to-do list doesn’t accumulate.”  

Hichens has learned skills like managing difficult classes and this has taught him qualities that will be helpful as he enters adulthood.  

“I wish I would’ve made some study groups and people I could rely to study with for AP classes and just lay out my year from the beginning of the year,” said Hichens. “Also to make sure that I was planning ahead anything and everything so that I could be on top of everything.”

Senior Sameer Romani, and Director of RAHS Student Ambassador Program/Career Center Associate shares the importance of enjoying your high school experience.

“The best thing to do before leaving high school is to pursue what fulfills you best,” said Romani. “Go to a school dance, go out to lunch with your friends, and don’t center the entirety of your life on just purely your academics. While they should be a priority, so should your own well being.”

Romani, like many people, has learned a lot in in high school from teachers, friendships. Overall school and this will help him achieve his future goals.  

“Looking back though, these four years have been nothing short of extraordinary, “ said Romani. “I was able to make some of the best friendships I could ever ask for, I was taught by teachers who care about education and their students, I am still mentored by industry leaders who have had illustrious careers and are helping me pave the way for my own, and I’m walking away from here and going exactly where I want to be.”

Romani has learned possibly the most important lesson of all at RAHS and encourages everyone to abide by this lesson.  

“The most important lesson I’ve learned is to simply be yourself. It may not get you a lot of friends and make you the most popular in the school, but it’ll get you the right people,” said Romani. “ I’m not showing up here on campus pretending to be someone else. Sure, there are days where I put a smile on my face when I’d rather not (like when I had AP exams), but as a person, what you see is what you get. Be genuine.”

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Has Link Crew really benefited students?

Link Crew failing to link Freshmen to their new high school.
Photo by: Semay Alazar

Link Crew is a program led by upperclassmen designed to help incoming freshmen get through their first year of high school at RAHS. While it has been beneficial to some students, many students feel that it has not assisted their transition into high school.

Freshman Gurleen Kaur is one of the students that did not experience the benefit of Link Crew.

“I don’t think it is beneficial to have a Link Crew,” said Kaur. “Most of the time Link Crew meetings are at lunch which is the only time students get to socialize with their friends. Also if students have questions they usually just ask each other right away and don’t need to rely on other help.”

Freshman Fela Goerz does not see the advantage of having Link Crew throughout the school year.  

“I think Link Crew is a good way for new students to get acquainted with the school when they first start, but I think after about a month it is pointless,” says Goerz. “I think I adjusted to high school at my own pace. I think every student has to take their own time to adjust to high school. It’s a different experience for everyone. I think students don’t go to their meetings because they are acquainted with the school and they do not feel they need any more help.”

Wren Bergin, a sophomore and Link Crew leader, has taken it upon herself to try and interact with her group. However, it has been very challenging for her.

“It seems to me the freshmen don’t come in to it [Link Crew] with an open mind,” said Bergin. “Some are very responsive, unlike others who either don’t respond at all or give us the wrong number for their contact information.”

Bergin has tried many ways to be truly helpful to her Link Crew

“My partner and I at first were very committed to establishing connections with our group,” said Bergin. “We set up a group chat on a platform of social media everyone had and sent reminders [to them]. Only two or three students would show up to our weekly meetings even though we would remind them in person if we saw them.”

Bergin believes it could be a very effective program if everyone pulled their weight.

“I believe Link Crew helps create some sense of bonding if the freshmen and the leaders are committed,” said Bergin. “I believe the meetings during the summer where different groups were able to bond with each other created more community.”

Freshman Marco Jawili has not completely interacted with his Link Crew. However, he as a student is aware of the importance of having the program in place.

“I cannot really speak on this question since I haven’t really interacted with my Link Crew,” said Jawili. “However, what I’ve heard from other people it’s sometimes awkward and not really helpful. Although I don’t think it’s as effective throughout the year. I think Link Crews are really useful before school starts and a few weeks after for helping freshman getting their way around Aviation and just giving them a student perspective”

Jawili was able to join the student body without the help of Link Crew

“I found my place at school through getting out there and going out of my comfort zone to find my sort of niche,” said Jawili. “Through interacting more with other people I was able to find  people I can really relate with.”Sarah Erdmann, a teacher at RAHS and one of the staff members that helped first start Link Crew, believes there is more subjective reasoning behind the students’ low attendance in Link Crew meetings.

“I am sure there are a variety of reasons,” said Erdmann. “I would guess one reason is because the Link Crew Leaders aren’t holding meetings. Maybe at some point the freshmen outgrow the need to attend or don’t feel connected enough to attend. I am sure individual students have their reasons.”

While there are improvements to be made to the program, Erdmann still finds the importance of implementing such a group at RAHS.

“Obviously I think the program is beneficial, but just like with every program or organization, there is room for improvement and nothing is perfect,” said Erdmann. “I would like to see more Link Crew Leaders holding meetings [with] their groups throughout the year, and I appreciate those who still dedicated to their Link Crew, like [juniors] Mitchell [Turner] and Nico [Wilson]. I think one of our biggest issues is we just run out of time — there is so much going on and ASB has a lot on our plates, so that is definitely part of why it’s still a work in progress.”

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