Student Life: A brand new year for students in Powell River

We’re back at it again. Here comes a brand new year to learn, grow and accomplish new things. 

We already survived the first chaotic week, and on to the next we go. 

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For those who are just starting at Brooks Secondary School, welcome! 

There’s no need to be nervous. Yes, everything can be quite overwhelming and it is all uncharted territory, but after a few weeks, things will start to fall into place 

We have an exciting year ahead of us, but that’s only if we keep a positive mindset. As summer comes to an end it can be easy to feel a damper start to come over us, considering we’re back to the grind, however, there can most certainly be some things to look forward to if you look in the right places. There are plenty of clubs and groups to get involved with, new people to meet, and activities to try. High school offers a lot of different youth spaces for students to participate in that we may not always see after graduation. We should take advantage of all the programs so we can broaden our horizons and bring ourselves one step closer to discovering a passion or finding an outlet we enjoy.

Fellow grade 12s, this is our final year, the final sprint. This is the year that really matters. This is the time when we really have to push ourselves, whether we have postsecondary plans, take a gap year, or merely want to make it independently from here. After this, we have our whole lives ahead of us to use the knowledge we’ve gained and put it into use in the real world. We’ve made it this far, and now we just have to finish it off with a bang. 

It’s safe to say that for everyone, however, we should try to start the year off right in every way we can. 

If we can start with a powerful first push by staying organized, disciplined and focused, it can set us up for success. No matter what, it can be hard not to get caught up in the chaos, but making sure we’re prepared in the very beginning can certainly keep the stress down. 

I hope everyone finds their way this year and no matter how difficult it gets, we just have to keep our chins up and know there will always be resources right around the corner to help us.

Macy How is a grade 12 student at Brooks Secondary School in Powell River.

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