I see you have chosen VLO for your new school. I heard that you are scared too. Don't worry, this is a pretty normal school. I mean, its better than every other school, especially Nowodworek, but it's nothing extreme. And nothing scary, trust me.
On my first day I was very excited, but also stressed. I anticipated finding many new friends and passions. Well, it turned out that I'm way too lazy for passions so I focused mainly on the "friends" part. I know what you expect: a 'smart' school means a lot of nerds and awkward bookworms you can't make any contact with. Well, you're wrong. No matter if you're a nerd or a crazy party animal - you will definitely find your kind of friends here. There was one more thing I was scared about - the necessity of hard work and dedication to learning. I knew that I was a pretty good student, but, lets face it - junior high is easy compared to our high school. I wondered if I will ever have time to play computer games and go to events. I learned that yes, I had the time. At the cost of having some 3s and a lot of 4s at the end of the year.
This year I came to school expecting the usual. Even though some people left my class and some joined it, it's the same school as last year. And I'm happy with that.
Class 2J student
Dear artists, (this is how they're eventually gonna call you)
I'm writing this letter to comfort you, cause surprisingly I did survive my first year. As I look at you walking along the halls of our school, me and my friends wonder if we were acting the same way last year. And yes, we were. It seems kind of crazy to me, but we all get used to things really easily and you're going to be quite surprised how fast you'll treat this school as your home.
Of course, just like at home, there're many things that may annoy you or make you nervous, but at the end of the day, this building is where friendships and memories happen. I'd love to make sure you're all okay, just because stress and anxiety are simply unhealthy. Last year was hard, let's admit it, but I'm not saying that as a bad thing. Our life is one long experience and things that may freak you out will pass. And eventually you'll smile, you'll smile either because it's over or because it wasn't as bad as it seemed. Anyway, you'll be fine - sooner or later.
There's just a little piece of advice I'd like to give you. Grades are just grades, nothing more, so please don't value yourself by those little marks. Be confident, if you want something, take it, if you dream about something, do it. Don't let little everyday things make you feel unsure whether you deserve something or not. There may be many obstacles waiting for you, but be brave. Last year I was kind of worried, I didn't know what I was going to do with my life, but I did figure it out. Just give yourself some space and time.
Well, not everybody may approve it, but have fun. Honestly, life isn't as serious as we make it look like. One test, or one fail isn't going to change your life, trust me. If you really want something, you'll find the way. Value your time, I know this school expects a lot form us, but there're many more important things. If your best friend wants to meet, or they have something difficult going on, meet them, time isn't going to come back to you. You are able to write that one test again, but the moments you missed are gone forever. Spend time with your family, make new friends, live, and don't let anything make you feel less alive. And when it comes to school, just appreciate the opportunity you have and study while you can, and remember many would love to be in your shoes. It's important, do it for your future self.
Class 2J student
Hello, my friend
If you think you're gonna have a good time here... you're absolutely right! I know how you feel. On my first days in VLO I felt the same. I expected this school to be the Mekka for nerdy bookworms, filled with strict teachers whose hobby is torturing the students with tests and helping them realise that their lives are pointless. Boy, I was wrong. It turned out to be a place for intelligent, ambitious people, who love to gain knowledge and to deepen their passions. There is nothing to be afraid of. The teachers are well prepared for working with youngsters. If you have any problems, just tell them. They are ready to help you any time. And contrary to appearances, you don't have to study 24/7 to achieve good grades.
2-3 hours a day is enough to end the first year with a certificate with distinction. And you were also wrong, if you thought VLO means no parties until holidays. Just form your own group of friends, and you're gonna have a great time.
A year in this school has taught me you can learn everything. Literally, everything. Enjoy your first semester and remember: work SMART, not HARD.
Class 2J student