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Carlos Portillo

Karen Portillo at Stampede to Success day.

Karen’s Advice

Dear Class of 2024,

The day you walked through the gates of Santaluces, you were scared to encounter the high school experience. You were told that high school would be hard; you were told that it would shape your life for your future, and as much as this is true, never forget to enjoy your experience.

As a senior, I am here to tell you that it gets better. Freshmen year is one of the hardest years to get through because you’re transitioning into a school where teachers will treat you like young adults.

Freshman year shapes your high school career until the end, so if you didn’t do well this year, try to organize your time and study habits to replenish the mistakes you may have made in the beginning. Always remember that one bad grade doesn’t define your life; you’re more than just a grade or a number on a test, so never doubt your potential because you will make it through life.

I used to always strive to be number one in everything I did, but I quickly learned that’s not all that matters in life. You have to remember that you are your own person, so stop trying to compare yourself with someone else. If you need help with something, ask for help, but never belittle yourself because you think you’re not smart enough.

As a student, I suggest that you thank your teachers for everything they do and don’t act out in class. Your teachers are there to help you and guide you so don’t take them for granted. There are so many teachers I would like to thank for always being there for me and never giving up on me. They are truly some of the most honorable people I look up to.

As much as school is important, try to participate in clubs, academies, and sports events. High school is meant to be one of the best years you live through. Experience new things and make friends with people outside of your friend group.

Scream at pep rallies, dress up for spirit week, and continue to make Santaluces a school where everyone is welcome.

Senior year will come before you know it. Although I didn’t get to experience Prom, Grad Bash, or graduation, I hope you will have the best time of your life; you all deserve it.

Just like you, I am nervous to experience freshman year as a college student, but I know everything will be okay. I’m honored to have been a part of The Tribe to share my stories with everyone, and I hope you will consider joining soon as well.

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