Dear Incoming High School Juniors and Seniors,

I have a few things I want to tell you. Just some tips and notes your teachers don't give you, especially if you're currently at a certain french school that shall remain unnamed (to let them save face, you know?):

1. You can take a gap year. You don't have to go directly to college: you can take a year off to work, chill, go to community college, travel. whatever! Mind-blowing right? When you get to college one year later, nobody will judge you. It'll actually be pretty cool that you had the guts to do something like that.

2. On a similar note, you don't have to go to college. What I've realized in the past four years, is that no matter what society says is "right", you can't be forced into doing something you don't want to. Whether you've already started building a career/passion in a certain field, or you just need some time for yourself, take your time and do what you want! I see so many people who are powering through school just because someone told them they should, and they're miserable: failing classes, skipping classes, and wasting a whole lot of time and money. 

3. College is not just about school. So then again, if you feel like college is  for you, remember that college is not all about the academics. You're not just there to get good grades and get a good GPA so you can get a good job. If that were the case, you'd be stuffed into an empty room for four years. When you go off to college, remember this: there are people around!! People you should take the time to get to know, care about and understand. Yes, try your hardest to do well in classes. But school is just one small aspect of college. 

4. Which finally brings me to this: you french school baccalauréat kids: it truly doesn't matter what French Bac or FAB Section you are in! ES, S, L? I went to college with all three. We took different Bac classes, different AP's. I was in the scientific section, and focused heavily on physics and math because I loved those classes. I entered college as a Fine Art major, and graduated with a Theatre degree. I never took a single math class in all four years of college. Do you see what I'm getting at? It.Doesn't.Matter. Study what you like, do your best, and you'll end up somewhere.

 

I hope this will find you well you, kiddos. I've learned so much in the past four years of college, and I feel like I have a duty to you, (especially you kids at a certain unnamed french school).

 

Bonne chance, mes amis.