First year college students debrief for HRV

By Madé Vallejo, Talon Staff Reporter

As the end of the school year starts winding down, we often find ourselves reminiscing on the past. For this years graduating class at HRV, the feeling is almost completely the opposite, most hoping to finish the remaining two months as quick as possible. With all the local scholarships due, decision making, and relaxing to be done, it almost seems impossible to see their past four years as the “glory days”. To help with this, The Talon called in the graduated class of 2014. We asked over thirty students of the class of 2014, four questions as their freshman year in college comes to a close.

The first question we asked was “Three things you’ve learned about High School, since you’ve left it.” Kaylee Colt, a student at U of O, answered, “I’ve learned that I still don’t use algebra in any real life situation.” Anna Schlosser, a track and field athlete at The California Lutheran University, elaborates on that as she says: “teachers and schooling will not always go your way.” Kainalu Bailey and Megan Tegman, both Washington School attendees say: “To anyone wondering if AP classes make a difference, they WILL help you in college! Especially AP Chem! Taking the AP tests (and 121/122) is really worth it”, an always reassuring statement for HRV staff Nan Noteboom and Leisa Runyan. An upsetting statement to HRV students might just come from Chas Peterson, a Warner Pacific athlete, claiming “MLA format isn’t the only format out there.” Moving away from the academic side of learning, are some wise words from Brandon Fisher and Andrew Morrisey, both still close to home. “Popularity is not a real thing after high school. I always thought it was so cliche, but it’s so true” says Brandon. “All the little drama you’ve worried about, clothes, relationships, parties, never really mattered” was Andrew’s reply, probably sent from somewhere out on a kayak. Though Marten Sova is convinced that HRV has an “underground ring of meme dealers”, Madison Bubb, Mason Bailey, and Elliot Cain took the time to talk about some other kinds of people at HRV. Mason Bailey, a cheerleader at Boise State, wanted to focus on the type of person you become, rather than who you are now. “One thing, people are so reliant on maintaining good social standing that they forget the importance of being happy and doing what they want to do. It’s important to find your niche. Be unique, just don’t be everyone else”  Elliot Cain, a CGCC Art student says. Madison Bubb, a Northern Arizona University student, concludes, “High school more than anything is preparing you for the people you’ll have to deal with the rest of your life.”

The second question we asked the class of 2014 was what they missed the most since they’ve graduated. Of the thirty replies we received, twenty-six graduates said they missed the hikes, the scenery, the fresh fruit, the clean water, and home cooked meals. “Where else can you go mountain bike riding, boating, and skiing in the same day?” asks Madison Bubb. And she’s right, Hood River just recently was ranked in the top ten most beautiful places in the United States. Not to mention the stellar athletic programs we have at HRV. “I miss playing baseball the most”, and “I miss doing all the american sports like football and lacrosse because we don’t have them”, were both quotes sent to us from Austin Martin and Martin Lanthaler. But to Vilde Feten and Marten Sova, Taco bell is what they miss the most. Marten also misses his car and Cooper Holzman. Vilde, Martin, Toby, and Joel Aberg, all former HRV foreign exchange students currently still in high school, say they miss their host family and their friends from America.

The third question we asked was about the “toughest thing they faced so far”. Wyatt Vallejo, an honors college student at Boise State, says, “The toughest thing I’ve faced is trying to balance all of the different aspects of college, including homework, working part time, and socializing with others.”  For Allison Fashing, Adam McCaw and Wyatt Webber, students at Western Oregon, George Fox, and The University of Idaho, sleeping, relaxing, or finding time to sleep, has been the biggest challenge. Twenty-one students replied to this question with the single word “relaxing.” For Austin Martin, Kaylee Colt, Elliot Cain, Andrew Morrisey, and Kaylee Asai, all are facing the challenge of balancing time, and balancing money. Thania Torres, a Biochemistry major at Gonzaga University, says, “The toughest thing I have faced so far is getting into a routine, and time management. Once you are in college you are very independent and it can be hard to manage school work and socializing. Senioritis unfortunately stays with you through the first semester.”

Our fifth and final question is directed strictly at the class of 2015. These former high school students sent in some words of wisdom for this years graduating class.

  • “Be prepared for the work load and to manage your time effectively. The social life in college is awesome but it’s easy to get too caught up in it and not focus on classes. And you’ll love college!” -Austyn Polzel
  • “Make sure you have a balance, and don’t let yourself drown in a pool of stress and unhappiness. Society makes it seem like the students who are more stressed are more successful, but that is absolutely not the case.” -Megan Tegman
  • “Focus on school Don’t join a sorority you will want to go out all the time and that takes away from study time Stay health! Everyone really does get sick. Be safe at night don’t walk alone.” -Alyssa Rangel
  • “College is about having fun, but also setting yourself up in the future. Also, sleep for days now. You won’t be able to in college.” -Wyatt Webber
  • “High school is great, but there is a life after it. Take advantage of the high school life because college is hard. Get good grades to get into college, because it’s the best experience I’ve ever had.” -Erika Enriquez
  • “GO TO CLASS!!” -Kaylee Colt
  • “Friendships come and go; it’s normal to lose friends from the past, and you will make friends in college, no matter how impossible or intimidating doing so may seem.’ -Tabitha Merten
  • “Don’t be mean to people. It’s not good for your soul. Also, the harder you work in high school, the more opportunities you will have after.” -Kaylee Asai
  • “For the most part, people seem to look back on things they did in 9th grade and cringe. If you’re in 9th grade, don’t do things.” -Marten Sova
  • “Probably to go for your dreams because you can accomplish anything if you put your mind and heart to it, regardless of how hard it may get on your journey to that dream/success.” -Adam McCaw
  • “Enjoy hanging out with every single one of your friends because in the next few years it’s going to be super difficult to find time to hangout with them on breaks.” -Chas Peterson
  • “Learn what you can!!! You need math you need english! Even being a technician and you make way more being a technician than being a plain ol mechanic. So study and learn to do good!” -Spencer Baker
  • “It’s unique for every person, but I suggest that you all take time to consider what is out there besides four more years of school. There are a lot of amazing opportunities that don’t require a degree. Go explore and live your life while you are young.” -Brandon Fisher
  • “Do high school right the first time around, don’t waste those 4 years messing around.”- Hunter Howell
  • “Norway is a cool place, you should all come here!” -Toby Jorstad
  • “I would say that they should enjoy home cooked meals because that is something that most college students miss.” -Thania Torres
  • “Put yourself out there and explore what college has to offer. Most of the students on campus are in the same position as you, and are looking to make new friends as well. Strike up a conversation.” -Wyatt Vallejo

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