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Senior Send-Off: Advice from Mr. Marman

Dear Short Timers (that would be you, seniors),
All year long, maybe even for the last four years, everyone around you has been saying how fast this time would go. Of course, they were all wrong. It’s gone excruciatingly slow. Sloths move faster. Glaciers move faster. Now admit it, you cannot believe that your senior year is racing toward the finish line. The year has been a blur. Memories pass through your mind and you think “Was that this year? No way. Can’t be.” The year has been filled with fear, excitement, anticipation, a little boredom, maybe some heart ache, maybe (no, absolutely) some drama, sadness, euphoria, stress, lots of stress,
a veritable overflowing cornucopia of stress, apprehension, and the overwhelming sense of ‘the future.’
Aahhh, ‘The Future.’ Always capitalized. Always spoken about in serious tones, full of reverence. Always something that existed out there in the ether. It certainly wasn’t something tangible. You couldn’t touch it, although many said you could. You’ve been listening to people your whole life telling you all kinds of things, full of sage wisdom, instilling in you the way to navigate ‘The Future.’ Make no mistake, these are well-meaning people; they care about you deeply. Indeed, much of what they’ve told is you is the truth. Listen to them, digest what they say, file it away in some inner recess of your brain. When the time comes, you may well be grateful for the advice given many years ago.
The thing is though, it’s your Future. It’s coming at you fast and you’re gonna have to deal with it on your terms. It’s wonderful and a little frightening at the same time. Plan the heck out of it and do everything you can to stick to the plan. The reality though is that it’s not going to go according to plan much of the time. That’s okay, you’ll adapt. You’ll re-tool; make a new plan. Moving ahead doesn’t always go in a straight line. Many times the best experiences in life are the ones that come at us obliquely, hitting us without warning. You’ll meet people that will forever change your life but rarely are they planned encounters. Typically, they involve chance meetings, brought on through coincidence and the vagaries of fate. New best friends, new partners, even new spouses enter our lives through seemingly random events. All the planning is good, but I suggest that these random events are often times where the richest parts of our lives begin, are nurtured, and lived. The deepest relationships are born during these ‘chance meetings.’
Memories of TCP will be with you forever. Mostly good, some not. Many will make you smile and openly laugh while sitting around all by your lonesome. Your classmates, friends and teachers have made an imprint on you and they help make you who you are. You, in turn, have affected those around in ways you’ll never know. Speaking for your teachers and everyone at Tri-City Prep, realize that we are always behind you. We’ve got your back. We are as excited for what your future holds as you are. We know that your passions and desires are in your strong and capable hands. You’ve got this.
After rambling on (remember, I am a math teacher) let me #gettothepoint. Don’t be afraid of the unknown. Embrace it, search it out, meet it head on and wrestle with it. Be cautious when it is necessary but remember, we only really make big change when we get out of our comfort zone and take a chance. A little fear can be a good thing. Sure, you will stumble sometimes, but in the end, we learn more from our mis-steps than we do from easy successes.
Graduates of the Class of 2017, I salute you and applaud you on a job well
done. Now go out and own it.
Ed Marman

Senior Send-Off: Advice from an Alum

For today’s senior send-off, alum Natalie Krafft takes a look at her freshman year in college as a music education major. Below, she lists 100 things she learned in her freshman year, from practice strategies to life advice.

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How to Change the World

By Saiarchana Darira


Earth. We all live here. Yet we all view the planet in different ways. Some believe that this is a world filled with poverty, war, and bigotry, but others believe that this is a world that can be filled with light, love, and potential. It all depends on your perspective. There is bigotry, poverty, and war; there always has been. But you can be part of the light and love that is fighting the negative aspects of humankind.

How does one change a world that seems accustomed to its ways? It seems incredibly difficult, but it’s still possible. Only those who are willing to take the means to create change achieve it.

There are many ways to change the world, either by leaving a negative impact or a positive impact. This article will focus on leaving a positive impact. Right now, the world needs more positivity.

There is no set-in-stone way to catalyze change. This is only one method of the million ways.

Here is how to change the world.

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Finding Balance

Life advice articles by Sairachana Darira


In the world, you can find many concepts of balance – night and day, yin and yang, life and death, winter and summer.

But… is there balance in your life? When you’re carrying the weight of problems on your shoulders, how do you find strength to simply enjoy life?


Here is a guide on how to find balance in life.


Be okay with not being okay

Everyone gets lost. Trust me – you’re not alone. You need to accept that sometimes things don’t go the way you wish they could. Sometimes, even when you work hard, the outcome isn’t one that you desired. That’s simply life. And acknowledging this fact, and accepting it, is the first step to finding balance.


Believe everything will be okay

Write down all the issues, dilemmas, and fears that have a negative impact on your life. Now, simply look at them. Think of all the times in which you struggled in life, but overcame those struggles. You have to have faith that everything will fall into place. Worrying unnecessarily won’t help you – having optimism will. You need to have faith that the world will take care of you. Good things happen to good people.


Make use of the present moment.

Time is valuable, and a gift that many people wish they had. Take care of yourself in the long-run. Studying is more important than Netflix, so don’t procrastinate. How can one find balance when they have to do one week of work in one day? Unless you’re a highly trained monk, it would be hard to maintain a calm mindset. Instead, you should gradually work towards a goal in life and don’t let the fear of difficulty stop you. Yes, that study guide can look terrifying. And yes, I know that next episode of Glee is appealing. But please don’t procrastinate. Success doesn’t come easily.



Life can be noisy – filled with problems, negative outside forces, and negative mindsets. It’s hard to find balance when you have a mind that is restless. Take a few minutes off to simply be. Sit alone, close your eyes, and breathe. Clear your mind. This will help you be at peace.


Clear your surroundings

Having a clean environment can help you concentrate. It’s proven that when one is organized, and in a tidy room, one has a better ability to focus.


Take care of yourself

Make yourself a priority. What is more important? Staying up texting friends, finishing that last-minute project, or sleeping? Sometimes you just need to take a break from it all. Have a cup of tea, take a nap, or read a book. There is more purpose to life than spending every minute trying to get perfect grades. Yes, doing well in school is important. But doing well in life is too. You can do both by remembering that you’re still a human being, and every human being needs a break. And that break is called sleep.



Hold on

Don’t give up. Have courage to hold on. Things may seem hard now, but remember that life is a journey to happiness. Life is hard. I think this is a lesson everyone learns in the process of growth. There will be times ahead that will challenge you, scare you, and make you want to give into the problems of this world. But, you have to stay strong.


Continue on. Keep climbing. Have balance.