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Junior Advice

If you’ve been following this blog the past few weeks, you may have noticed that we’ve been giving out advice to the different classes. Now we are ready to speak to the juniors and set them up for success for the last two years of their high school career.

You’ve probably heard it before from parents, counselors, teachers, grandparents, your dog’s vet, the barista, and see it plastered all over the internet: YOUR JUNIOR YEAR IS IMPORTANT. Scary thing? They’re right, junior year is important, but why? Well, for many colleges and universities, it may be the last set of grades they see before they decide on your application. This is the last year of activities that will show up in those college applications. The teachers you have now will most likely be the ones who write your letters of recommendation. Sounds like a lot of pressure, right?

Hopefully, you have been building up for this, and you’re ready. Does this mean you have to be perfect junior year? No. Should you take 12 AP courses? Of course not. You should challenge yourself, try a harder course or two if you are ready, but don’t overwhelm yourself. By now you should have found one or two extracurricular activities to become involved with, so keep it up. Maybe the time is right to find a little leadership in those organizations. This summer might be a good time to get a part-time job or find an internship. As always though, make sure you breathe and take time with family and friends. We love a good list, so here’s a list of things for our juniors to keep in mind this year:

  • It is busy, so be prepared. Make sure you have your time management ready to go. Find a good way to keep on task.
  • Challenge yourself a bit more, but be careful not to overwhelm yourself.
  • Ask for help. Find your teachers, your counselor, your mentor and talk to them often.
  • Don’t wait until the last minute.
  • Plan for the SAT or ACT in the spring.
  • Start thinking about college, but more about the “type” of school rather than specific names.
  • Find an academic interest or two. How can you turn that into a major or a career later on? Give yourself some options.
  • Take the time to get to know yourself. It sounds cheesy, but the better understanding of “self” you have, the better you can represent that self.
  • Relax a bit. You’ve got some time, and Fairmont has the resources to help you.
  • Don’t freak out about that less-than-perfect grade. You will be okay.
  • Talk to your parents often. Tell them what is going on. Let them know how things are going. But also give them an idea of what you want to do in the future. Don’t leave it up to them to shape your future.
  • Learn about the incredibly wide amount of college options out there, and look beyond the same 15 schools you hear about all the time.

Good luck this year, juniors!

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Shelby Wagner - 1st Grade Teacher Fairmont Historic AnaheimTop Teacher & Skating Champion
Shelby “My favorite part of being a teacher is the children I get to teach.”
  • Is one of the head teachers for the Fountain Valley Artistic Skating Club, teaching regional and national champions. She also teaches beginner classes every Saturday morning.
  • Every year, her students are amazed to find that their teacher has a life outside of the classroom.
“I love feeling like I’m part of a family [at Fairmont].”
Keira Kamath - 5th Grade Fairmont Anaheim HillsScience & Tennis Superstar
keira “I like how there are so many different specialty classes at Fairmont Anaheim Hills, like art, music, PE, science lab, computer lab, and Spanish.”
  • She would like to be a professional tennis player when she grows up, or maybe a doctor.
  • Loves dance and plays the piano
  • Her favorite class is science “because you get to figure out stuff, and I like to do experiments.”
Nicholas Aghaian - 7th Grade Fairmont Historic AnaheimKicking His Way to Med School
nicolas“The teachers and the amount of support they provide to not only me, but to the whole entire community here at Fairmont is probably what I like most about attending Fairmont Historic Anaheim.”
  • He would like to be a professional soccer player, or a doctor specializing in the field of sports medicine.
  • Enjoys basketball, piano, and soccer pitch.
  • His favorite subject is math “because I like to be challenged, and math is full of challenges.”
Gianluca De Gregoris – 2nd Grade Fairmont North TustinDancing Toward Greatness
dancing"What I like most about Fairmont is that I get to learn and meet new friends.”
  • He wants to be a professional dancer when he grows up.
  • Is trained in ballet and ballroom dancing.
  • Loves writing and creating new stories.
Nicole Heyman - Kindergarten Teacher Fairmont Anaheim HillsLaying a Foundation for Lifelong Learning
Nicole "The best part about teaching at Fairmont is being able to work with a diverse group of students who are all incredibly talented. It is amazing to be able to challenge students at such a young age and watch these children grow throughout the year.”
  • Loves camping, reading, and traveling
  • Her students love learning random things about her – like the fact that when she was in kindergarten she wanted to be Spiderman when she grew up.
  • Her proudest moments are the times when a student on campus is excited to see her, oftentimes telling her that she’s “the best teacher in the world.” “I live for those moments.”
“I choose to teach at Fairmont because of the sense of community, as well as the drive for our students to succeed.”
DJ Clovis - Music Teacher Fairmont North TustinRunning to the Rhythm
DJ Clovis “I get to work with amazing staff, faculty, parents, and most importantly, students!”
  • Teaches music to all grades — from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade
  • Coaches (or has coached) football, basketball, and Run Club
  • Plays bass trombone
  • NJHS Conflict Resolution Coach
  • He has run 15 marathons and 4 ultra marathons.
“The best part of teaching at Fairmont is the autonomy — being able to create a program that fits all of my students. At Fairmont North Tustin, I get to help with a lot of different activities.”