Class of 2025: May the Force Be With You


Tristan Minarik 

Dear Class of 2025,

You did it! Freshman year is almost over. I want to share some last advice with you before my high school journey ends.

First, time flies by. I can not emphasize this enough. It feels just like yesterday I was a freshman. Therefore, make each day count. Treat each day like a gift and, most importantly, keep moving forward. No matter how difficult things may seem, there is always light at the end of the tunnel. You must believe, have faith, and keep putting one foot in front of the other.

Secondly, have faith in yourself. Everyone is unique and special in their own way. Not one person is the same, so have pride in who you are, and what you stand for, and what you believe in. Believing is sheer power and no one can take that away from you. Even if it means you must stand alone, fight for what you believe in.

Next, stay involved while maintaining a balance. Getting involved at Lincoln-Way West can help you meet new friends and discover something about yourself. High school can be challenging, and activities can help balance out some of the stress. However, make sure to find time for academics. Do not overcommit. I cannot emphasize the importance of grades and the knowledge you gain from school. It may be difficult but find a balance between fun and work. Your mental health and enjoyment are just important as your grades.

Finally, remember to challenge yourself. Push yourself to be the best version of yourself. Never stop trying new things. Keep discovering.

I wish you all the best! Have an amazing high school experience and remember to always be yourself.

Best Regards, class of 2025. May the Force be with you.

Best of Luck,
Tristan Minarik, ’22