Just before graduation, we asked the Class of 2021 for the most important piece of advice they have for rising 8th Graders. Here is what they shared, in no particular order.
The last trimester is very stressful, and it is extremely important to take time for yourself to destress and take your mind off of school.
Prepare for high school, meaning don't skimp out on your work, challenge yourself, present goals to achieve, and map out work.
Enjoy the year. It goes by so much faster than you think.
Work hard, do your best, and you will see surprisingly great results.
At the beginning of the school year, it will be hard, but it’s worth it in the end.
Stay focused, and remember to have fun.
Be prepared for anything that could happen.
Make sure you keep your grades up and don't worry too much about the HSPT. The teachers have prepared you well. You will do great!
Have fun because it is all over soon.
Don't get too caught up in the high school process. The year goes by super quickly and if you spend it waiting for the next thing, you'll miss the things right in front of you. This is your last year at Woods, so enjoy it. Spend as much time as you can with your friends and don't work yourself too hard.
If the pandemic takes away some of the traditions you've been looking forward to, manage your expectations and accept the situation. Don't let disappointment ruin your last year at the school.
Take your time and enjoy 8th grade. The works load will be bigger than what you probably had in 7th grade, but try not to get too stressed. Everything will be fine, as long as you don't worry too much about it.
Do everything to the best of your ability, no matter what. Starting the high school process, it is important to show the best of yourself and your work. To do that, you should always do the best work you can.
Always live in the moment. One thing I learned from my time at The Woods is that time passes very quickly whether you like it or not. It feels like it was just yesterday that I joined The Woods and now I am graduating from The Woods Academy.