Words by Kenny Quayle ’16, Marketing Intern and Alumnus
The most important thing you can do as a new student at Academy is to be friendly. You don’t have to be overly so, and not everyone has to be your best friend or really has to even like you, but you should be polite and courteous to everyone. That is simply the right thing to do and will distinguish you as a good person. Being mildly friendly to everyone will even likely result in you finding those you really fit in with, who you really like. Thus, we get into the next tip.
Find your niche
Everyone has a niche. At Academy, that niche may be a bit difficult to find at first, likely due to how tightly knit our community is and how many of us have been here for most of our schooling career, but do not worry. With a little bit of perseverance and friendliness, you will fall in to where you belong and where you are happiest.
A great way to find your niche and your friends is to get involved with the community. Academy provides a plethora of opportunities to get involved. Whether it is sports, music, math, or chess, we have some sort of club or organization where you can hone your skills and have fun.
Hang Out Outside of School
As a new student, you are now posed with a whole new set of people you are obligated to deal with. This obligation will become exceedingly more pleasant if you become a presence in and out of school. Some of the essential moments of high school happen outside the classroom and off school grounds. These experiences are how you forge true connections and friendship.
Enjoy the journey
High School at Academy is going to be one of the fondest memories you will ever have. Trust me, I know from personal experience. The community, the traditions, and the people are all one of a kind, and will not soon be forgotten. Sometimes you have to slow down, smell the roses, and just enjoy the journey a bit. Even places that seem new and scary can soon feel like home. Enjoy things while you can and don’t sweat the small stuff because, at the end of the day, you will be prepared for anything this crazy world can toss at you.
At Academy at the Lakes it is our goal to help each student find the best “fit” for college, academically, socially, and financially. Finding the ideal match means finding a place that helps students fulfill their personal goals for higher education and offers the tools, opportunities, and support for students to successfully take the next step in their lives and careers. Learn more or schedule a tour.