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Dear CHS Junior Class,

Congratulations on successfully completing junior year!  Hopefully you survived relatively unharmed and are excited to become seniors.  Before you begin your final year of high school, I want to give you some advice to help you make the most of it.

You have probably already heard that during senior year you will spend most of your days lying on the beach or sitting by the pool reading magazines.  When I began my senior year, I was shocked by the inaccuracy of this particular rumor.  Your workload senior year is actually more intense than any other year of high school.  By the time October rolled around, I had abandoned my beach dreams and was spending most of my time in the library either writing college essays, trying to understand The Inferno or memorizing the Second Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.  When faced with the senior year workload, the best thing to do is get together with some friends and form a study group so you can talk and get work done at the same time.

The next piece of advice I have to offer you is this: go into the college application process with an open mind.  Maybe you decided at age five that you are a die-hard USC Trojan or that New York is the only city in which you could ever live or that you will major in microbiology and never take another English class as long as you live.  Regardless of your level of commitment, you will probably change your mind 10 times before you send in your deposit to a college.  Do not be afraid to revise your decisions or ask for help from your parents or counselors; they have all been through this before.

Last but not least, I want to advise you to make the most of your final year at CHS.   The rumor that seniors can “check out” after a few months is not only untrue; it is terrible advice.  If you have never seen a football game, gone to a school play or participated in a blood drive, try it next year.  Senior year is the time to get involved socially and try new things.  Moments like prom, the Miracle on Mulholland and watching performances in the new theater are the memories you will remember after graduation.

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