Dearest Seniors,

By Abby Florez

Staff Writer

Graduation is right around the corner, and as you might know, life as you know it is about to change forever. But don’t be too scared, it can also become more exciting and fun! The Paw Print asked some teachers to share their experiences, memories, and some advice. This is what they had to say.


“I would advise the seniors to not have too much expectations of what life is going to be like. Kind of like play it by the year and be happy with what you can accomplish, you know? Always try for more but don’t set markers that you have to reach. Don’t put that kind of pressure on yourself. Sometimes you take a year off school and it was the best choice. You finish school early and it was the best choice, and sometimes you don’t go to school at all and it might have been the best choice too. So you never know what life is going to give you.” – English teacher America Manzano.


“If I could go back to my senior year I would probably get more involved in different activities, like in the school, as opposed to just doing homework and focusing on my work and stuff like that. That’s probably one of the things I would change,” said U.S. History teacher, Ayleen Charles.


U.S. History teacher, Ismael Gonzalez said what he would change if he could go back to his senior year, “I would have taken harder classes in my senior year, instead of doing senioritis things. I would’ve taken more A.P. classes, harder classes. If I could go back I’d probably do dual enrollment. I should’ve done that too.”


“When I got accepted to UF my mom did not want to let me go, but my counselor believed in me and she told me, ‘why not? If you have that opportunity then take advantage of it.’ She played a really big role kind of mediating between my mother and myself to kind of come to a happy compromise of me being able to go, and as you can see, I was able to go to UF,” said counselor Andre Gutierrez, who shared who impacted him the most when he was a senior.


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