As their high school experience draws to a close, seniors reflect on their time at Posnack Jewish Day School. During their last few weeks on campus, a few seniors took the time to share their memories, reflections, and advice with The Posnack Pulse.
Seniors’ favorite memories from Posnack School revolved around friends and extracurriculars. Deborah C. loved the musicals, specifically this year’s production of Mamma Mia. Solomon S. has fond memories of hanging out with friends and playing on the school sports teams. Sophie A. enjoyed making lifelong friends in her classes and attending prom which she felt brought her grade closer.
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Sophie loves the one-on-one relationships that she has with teachers. “The teachers are always super supportive of you, and they always want what’s best for you,” Sophie said. “I could go up to my teachers and not even talk about schoolwork, and they’ll always be listening.”
Deborah appreciates Posnack School’s small class sizes. “I was able to have excellent relationships with all my teachers, and I ended up making inside jokes with them,” she remarked.
Solomon will be attending Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He is grateful to Posnack School’s college counseling department for helping him gain admission to his dream college. “The college admissions process was great, especially with Randi Marcus. She helped me get into most of the schools I applied to, and I will really miss her. I could not have done anything without her,” Solomon said.
Seniors are excited about having new experiences in college. “I’m looking forward to a change,” Sophie said. “I’m going to California for college. That’s far, and I’m really excited for a new life and a new career. I think it’ll be really fun to meet new people and challenge myself because I will be going to a big school.”
Solomon agreed and said, “I am looking forward to being in an environment with thousands of students, branching out, and studying more of what I enjoy.”
Deborah is looking forward to living on her own and meeting new people. “I’m super excited to live on my own, have a fun time in college, get to know new people and make new friends.” However, she added, “I’ve never been outside a small school setting. So leaving that and going into college – it’s kind of scary. But I also know that I still have friends back home waiting for me.”
Seniors also offered helpful advice to younger Fischer High School students. “Enjoy every bit of high school: go to that party and take that AP class because you never know who you’ll meet. You could meet your best friend forever at a party or in an AP class,” Sophie remarked.
Deborah added, “Also try to join big clubs, like Model UN. Join clubs that have special field trips because you’re going to get closer with the people in the clubs by the end of the year when you go on those field trips.”
Sophie emphasized the importance of staying true to your passions. “Pick one club you like, and then stick with that for three to four years. And then try to get a leadership role in it. Don’t just do something because you think it’ll look good for college. Do things that you’re passionate about so you can stick with them in the long run and find your interests for college.”
Sophie also suggests challenging yourself. “Work hard because hard work pays off. And just try to do the best you can. Don’t worry about what other people think of you.”
On the other hand, Solomon recommends not to overstress about grades. “It takes a toll on people. I have seen it with my friends and myself, and I think it is much healthier to try your best but not to compare yourself to others.”
Deborah advised students not to think too far ahead. “Take high school day by day. It took me until this year to actually start taking it day by day.”
When asked how it feels to graduate, Sophie remarked, “I honestly hate this question because it reminds me of the fact that I’m almost done with high school. And it’s so crazy. Enjoy it while it lasts because it’s such a great experience. And I would love to be back in ninth grade right now and do it again. I’ve been a student at The Posnack School since kindergarten. So for me, it’s going to be very hard because I’ve been with these kids for 13 years. And now that it’s all over, it’s really sad, but it’s going to end on a good note.”