Dear Carol, I am a senior heading off to college in a few months and I’m really worried about making friends. I am moving pretty far away from Bethel and I’m scared I will end up all alone! Please give me some advice on how to make friends! – Struggling Sarah
I too am a senior so I’m in a similar situation to you. I need this advice as much as you do I’m sure! Moving somewhere new, no matter how old you are, is always scary, and making new friends can seem like a daunting task. However, there’s something you have to remember: you’re not going to be the only one looking to make friends! Far from it in fact. All the freshman at whatever college you’re going to are in the same boat as you, and they all are going to be as eager to make friends as you! This makes it much easier on you (and me!). One thing you can do to ensure that you know at least one person right away is to have a roommate. Even though many schools allow you to apply for a single if you want to, it can be a great experience having a roommate. It will immediately give you someone to go to activities with at the beginning of the year so you won’t feel so alone. Also, do something! Join a club or a sport or student government or whatever your heart desires, just do something! I know people have been telling us to get involved for our entire lives pretty much, but being freshmen in college makes it especially important. These activities will give you an opportunity to meet all sorts of people from the school and you’re bound to make friends with similar interests as you. Lastly, as cliche as it is, be yourself. If you make friends by pretending to be something you’re not, they’ll never be very great friends. If you stay true to who you are I guarantee that you will find some great friends who are a perfect fit for you! Good luck at school next year!
Dear Carol, I’m a sophomore and I’m thinking about taking AP classes in the next few years of high school. What are your thoughts on how to pick which classes to take? –Curious Clark
The exciting world of AP classes becomes much more real as you move into your junior and senior year of high school. I’ve taken seven AP classes at BHS and I can strongly recommend them to anyone who is interested. With that being said: please think about the decision you are making. Be sure that you actually enjoy the subject before making the commitment. There are so many options at BHS, so choose wisely. AP classes are great, but they are a lot of hard work, so if you’re not interested in the subject it could end up being miserable for you. I can strongly recommend all of the classes I’ve taken; I have loved them all and I have learned so much in the process. If you’re unsure about what the class entails, go talk to the teacher or a student who is currently taking the class. Teachers and current students would be more than happy to help you in making your decision and neither would pressure you either way. It is a very personal decision and although I highly recommend it, AP classes are not for everybody! So talk to your parents, teachers, guidance counselors, and/or friends before making the final plunge into the world of AP. Good luck with your studies!!