Welcome to the Jungle Boulder Creek senior offers advice to future freshmen By Emma Suttell Last May, I walked into State Farm Stadium to sing with my choir for the Class of 2019’s graduation ceremony. I had done it before, as it is a tradition to sing the alma mater for graduation each year, however, this year felt different. Knowing that I would be walking across the stage wearing a cap and gown in less than 365 days was surreal. Boulder Creek has become a second home for me for several reasons. Just like most other Anthem students, it is where I spend my time during the week balancing classes with clubs. More than just a school, Boulder Creek has given me the opportunity to embrace who I am, explore new opportunities for myself, engage with others and take risks in a place where mistakes are acceptable. For many, I know this will be your first time setting foot onto a high Emma Suttell at the Class of 2019 Graduation Ceremony. school campus, and I assure you, you (Photo courtesy Tag Herr) are about to walk right into some of the best years of your life. This month, I am sharing some of the ad- enjoy or need the most help in. With last year’s vice fellow seniors gave when asked what they addition of “flex time,” students have the abilwish they knew as freshmen. I am hoping that ity to opt into study sessions or catch up on you will take some of the same chances that assignments they missed while absent. Even they did; I promise that you will not regret it. outside of the school day, most teachers offer “Challenge yourself in the subjects you en- tutoring sessions that encourage students to joy and don’t ever be afraid of asking for help,” learn from each other. says student Alessia Gallina. Another option at Boulder Creek is to take When it comes to advanced classes, Boul- electives, which are classes that fall outside of der Creek offers a vast array of options for the regular curriculum. From engineering every grade level. Whether students want to to early childhood education, systematics to challenge themselves with honors, Advanced studio art and dance to digital photography, Placement or dual-enrollment classes, there is electives give students the chance to find new a fit for everyone. Certain classes offer oppor- hobbies or develop a particular skill set. tunities for college credit, which can greatly “Try out for clubs and extracurricular achelp lower the cost of higher education. Plus, tivities,” says student Renee Villarino. “It’s a teachers at Boulder Creek love answering great way to make friends and it can give you a questions and offering additional opportu- better idea of what you want to do in college.” nities for students to engage in the classes they Besides keeping your grades up, students
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can stand out by participating in a variety of clubs and sports on campus. Some of last year’s clubs included Future Business Leaders of America, World Language Club and National Honor Society. Clubs are open to any and all students, and if you cannot find one you like, you can create your own with the help of a teacher adviser and a few friends at your side. Sports tryouts take place throughout the year and students can get involved by asking coaches or attending information sessions held throughout the year. “High school is so short and it will go by so quickly,” says student Tag Herr. “Get involved in as much as you can. You will remember the assemblies, school dances and all the spirit weeks.” Each year, BCHS celebrates several spirit weeks, mainly leading up to dances such as homecoming and prom. Planned by Boulder Creek’s student government, spirit days are inspired by themes as simple as “class color day,” to something as exciting as “dress like a celebrity day” or “meme day.” Students choose to display their most eccentric outfits in an effort to show what they call “Jag Pride.” Although participation is optional, these weeks definitely prove that no student is “too cool for school,” as participation spans the entire campus. The four years you spend at Boulder Creek will really be what you make of them. Now that you have heard it from other seniors as well as myself, remember: challenge yourself, ask questions, get involved, and embrace school spirit. With those guidelines, you are guaranteed to have an incredible freshman year. Class of 2023, welcome to “The Jungle.” - Emma Suttell is a senior at Boulder Creek. You can find more of her work at andthenemma.com.