Students Evolution During High School
By Bernie Michel
With my final year at Novato High coming to an end, I can now look back on all I've learned and have been through and how it changed me for the better. Like many seniors would agree with, you're not the same person you were when you walked into high school. You discover new things about yourself and slowly develop into a whole new person.
One of Novato High’s counselors, Debbie Hagan, gave her advice for incoming freshman.
“I would suggest that Freshmen get involved! Join a new club or try a new sport -- take a class that interests you -- step outside of your comfort zone,” Hagan advised.
With Novato High being such a large and diverse place, you can meet all types of people that can help you become a better person.
Take it from Hagan herself.
“I love that we have all different kinds of kids here at Novato High, and that there's a place for everyone. I love getting to know my students and watching them blossom and grow before my eyes, from scared 14-year olds entering high school into competent and confident young adults ready to step out into the world.”
If I could give underclassmen any words of wisdom, it would be to be proud of who you are. I had to learn to be confident in myself and value my own voice. Throughout my four years, I learned to be unapologetically myself and stand strong in my beliefs and values.
Within my four years of being here, I learned that the most important thing that I could do is stand up for myself. Learning to use your voice to fight back is something you’re going to need to do throughout your life. Most people won't understand what you're dealing with unless you tell them, and I've found that you cannot simply change their minds but also educate and teach them something. People only know what's around them as their entire view of the world. Letting them know what it's like for others can teach them to be more sensitive and understanding to other people’s thoughts and feelings.
When it comes to the graduating class of 2018, Hagan had some parting words of wisdom.
“I would like to see our graduates leave here knowing that learning and growing is a life-long journey, so I hope they continue to push themselves with new and positive experiences and adventures.”