An Open Letter to the Freshmen


Tristan Minarik 

Dear Class of 2025,  

Hello, Warriors! First, congratulations on starting your journey into high school. This is quite the accomplishment. As a senior, I would like to share some advice to help make the high school experience memorable.  

High school goes by fast. Personally, I did not believe this, but looking back at the last four years I recognize how quickly time went by. Time is the greatest gift one can have. Be sure to embrace it and make each day count. As Master Oogway once said, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.” Treat each day of high school as a gift. Keep moving forward and don’t look back on the past.  

I’ve learned that high school is truly a journey about self-discovery. Always push to be the best version of yourself. Don’t be afraid to try new things. Stand tall. Don’t settle for ordinary. Become extraordinary. Discover your passions and chase them down.   

Friends will come and go. Choose them wisely. Friendship is the greatest gift one can give. True friendships will lift you up in your darkest times. Once you find genuine friendships, cherish them. Remember you are not alone. When life gets complicated, reach out. Whether it’s a friend or staff member, don’t be afraid to ask for help.  

Lastly, get involved at Lincoln-Way West. Go outside of your comfort zone and try something new. You may meet new people or simply discover something about yourself. Being a part of an activity will make a large school feel smaller. High school can be fun and challenging. Find a balance between work and activities. Get involved. Embrace the opportunities you are given. Create new opportunities. Take a chance. Regret is worse than failure.  

“Warriors don’t always just do what they want to do. They push themselves to be uncomfortable; that’s how warriors make themselves better. You should do the same thing. Push yourself to do things you don’t want to do but should.” – Jocko Willink  

Class of 2025, I truly wish you the best of luck. Make everyday count. May the Force be with you.  

With Regards,
Tristan Minarik (Class of 2022)