Commit to Success

Nia Mosley

Graduating can be one of the most stressful things, but at the same time it can be one of the best feelings in the world, especially if you are the Valedictorian or Salutatorian.

At the top, everyone’s literally waiting for you to fail. Every mistake I make is magnified by ten folds,” Valedictorian Vicky Yeung said.

When you think about a celebrity getting a new hairstyle, you know there will be people who like it and people who criticize it. It’s actually the same way in high school.

“There are always people who try to bring me down. Out of jealously or something else, there will always be people.” Yeung said. “However, the best thing is to not let it get to me. Obviously, you’re doing something right if someone else tries to bring you down for it.”

When you think of Valedictorian or Salutatorian you normally think, “oh that’s the smart kid” but Vicky reminded us that it isn’t always easy being the smart one.

“High school wasn’t exactly easy, even if you’re the smart one and everything is supposed to be a piece of cake.” Yeung said. “I never really had a problem rank wise, but socially, people weren’t the nicest freshman and sophomore year. I didn’t really like my classmates and they didn’t really like me.”

Senior year is so contradicting. Its serious and potentially a life changing year, but at the same time you’re suppose to enjoy it, and say your goodbyes. It seems hard to combine both of those ideas, and remain sane. Motivation is a key part in obtaining success. Senioritis kicks in senior year, of course. If you are unfamiliar with the term it is a supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school or college, characterized by a decline in motivation or performance.

“Senioritis kind of hit hard in regards to that motivation. At this point I just want to make my parents proud”, Yeung said.

Relating back to motivation, in school and in life you have certain needs that even your parents cant meet. This is where friends come into part. You could meet people who change or give you a whole new perspective of life. You can also meet people who discourage you and try to bring you down. It’s high school.

“I found my friends, my support group. I owe everything to my friends.” Yeung said “They are the ones that truly helped me through junior and senior year. By their side I grew everyday and tried new things.”

According to the article “Tips For Successful Students” Successful students have educational goals. Successful students are motivated by what their goals represent in terms of career aspirations and life desires.

“What really pushed me was trying to be as good as everyone else,” Gisselle Villagomez Salutatorian said. “I came from a bilingual school and I didn’t know any English when I came here. I didn’t want to feel like that; I wanted to be as good as everyone else.”

As a student on top you’re op to miss all the social events, and other things. This is because they have to keep up with their grades, and maintain decent study

and sleep habits. It’s likely to regret a lot of things close to graduation because you look back on how far you’ve come and all the things you didn’t get to do because you had goals.

“I regret passing up opportunities. Instead of slacking off I could’ve been working toward more productive things.” Villagomez said.

As graduation day slowly approaches its common to look back at all the memories and think about all the things you’ve overcame to get to where you are now.

“The best part of getting accepted to Stanford was the fact that I didn’t lose my soul in the process. I didn’t turn into this total nerd-machine, that just spat out 100s.” Yeung said. “I am flawed, and I am totally proud of that. I stray far from the image of the perfect student.”

Everything that is endured throughout ones high school career mentally prepares them for life, whether anyone believes it or not.

“High school; its rips you apart, promises to put you back together, and it does, and then when you think you got the hang of it, it rips you apart senior year and forces you to get yourself back together,” Yeung said.

“We cannot become who we want to be by remaining who we are,” Mark Depree said.