Our final blog article in our “From the Kids” series comes from senior Reed Diskey. Reed chose to share some important, practical advice for next year’s seniors as they prepare for their final year at WCA. Congratulations on finishing your year well Reed, and thanks for sharing with us!
Your senior year at WCA will probably be one of the most exciting years you’ve experienced. You will apply to college, write your thesis, and do some serious academic work. Here are a few tips for next year’s rising seniors.
First, be a leader. One of the best things about WCA is the multitude of leadership opportunities available to its students. You can be a captain of a sports team, a class representative for the Student Government Association, or even become president of a club. I served as Head Delegate of the Model United Nations team for two years. It was a great experience and it allowed me to refine my leadership skills. While colleges love to see you taking charge, more importantly, the rest of your school community benefits from your leadership. You can be the academic and spiritual role models for those younger than you, so you should take the opportunity to lead to the best of your ability. Your peers, the staff, the administration and the underclassmen will appreciate your initiative.
Second, start thinking about your thesis early. Believe it or not, your time in high school will fly by quickly. During your junior year you should think about what you would like to write about, and find a faculty advisor with expertise in that subject. WCA has teachers knowledgeable about all sorts of different issues you can write about. Most advisors will also know of places where you can intern. Don’t hesitate to also speak with this year’s seniors and any WCA alumni for advice. They’ve been through the process and will usually be more than willing to assist you in the process. The process of writing a thesis is long, but develops excellent critical thinking and writing skills, which in turn prepares you for the rigors of college. Make the most out of the process.
Third, also make the most out of your internship. Do yourself a favor and pick an internship in a field that you are interested in. If you want to go into government affairs or law you should intern for a trade association. If you are doing a thesis on something health related, you could intern at NIH or another health-related research institution. While at your internship you should ask your supervisor meaningful questions and work closely with your coworkers. Your senior internship is a tremendous networking opportunity and can put you in contact with people you might want to intern with in the future. It can also give you an idea of what kind of career you want to have in the future. In brief, your internship is an invaluable networking opportunity; therefore you should make the most out of it.
Finally, your last year of high school will be challenging and rigorous, but also very rewarding. Always keep this in mind: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6, ESV).
We’ve loved hearing from students in each grade at WCA, and we hope you’ve enjoyed it as well. Have a blessed and restful summer, and see you in the fall!