Academic Magnet High School - North Charleston, South Carolina.


Academic Magnet High School - North Charleston, South Carolina.


Academic Magnet High School - North Charleston, South Carolina.


Raptor Relief: an Advice Column for Freshmen

Contains insight on everything from dating to procrastinating.

I’ve accumulated a lot of wisdom throughout my years, and I’ve decided I should put it to good use. I reached out to members of the freshmen class to see if they needed any help with their first year of high school.

An anonymous freshman said they needed life advice on “nothing”. While I admire the idea that your life is perfect, I doubt that there’s NOTHING you need advice on. If you need a problem you should always reach out (to me). 

One Freshman boy asks, “how do I get a girl?” To answer his question, I decided to interview some people on their strategies. Mrs. Lankford says to rephrase your question, she advises to wonder instead, “how do I develop a romantic relationship with someone?” Mrs. Hurt advises to “ignore her, act like she doesn’t exist”. Coltrane Margosian (12) says to be friends with him to attract the ladies. Wyatt Mahoney (12) advises to “shoot for the moon and aim for the stars”. How inspirational! Personally, I would recommend stalking on Instagram, learning everything about them, then start sending them letters as a secret admirer. Women love mystery! Extra points if you can use SnapMap to find out where they live. Writing an original song can curry favor as well.

Sometimes, we all feel a little bit lost. One freshman said they needed advice on “life”. Life as a raptor can be a tad overwhelming. I understand feeling like everything in your life is going wrong. I think a better person to ask for advice from on this topic is a therapist. 

Many freshmen have asked for help with time management. The eternal struggle for magnet students is balancing extracurriculars, studying, homework and a social life.  I would recommend spreading everything out. This means studying a little bit every day for a week before a biology test, or doing homework on the night it gets assigned to you. Don’t let the work pile up! Also, don’t overbook yourself. If you know that you won’t get home until 10PM every day then maybe you should take a break from going to some club meetings to catch up on a lab report. It’s important to honor your commitments, but sometimes there are just not enough hours in the day. Never bite off more than you can chew, and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need to. If you struggle with procrastination, buy an agenda and block out time every day to work on that project or essay that is inching closer to its due date. 

Studying for honors biology is very difficult but very important. If you don’t learn how to study very quickly you will fail the class. I would recommend making Quizlets for all your vocabulary terms, watching videos for the concepts you don’t understand, and teaching the material to your friends. If you can confidently explain all the concepts for the unit, you should be fine. If you’re really worried, email me (swewil9278@…) for practice tests. 

Someone else asked for help with honors human geography. To be honest, I did not figure out how to study for this class. Those tests are impossible, and I’m really sorry to say that that class is a lost cause. 


Thanks to everyone who sent in a response! I hope this helped everyone who wrote in. Make sure to submit a question next time!

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    Caroline UramSep 26, 2023 at 11:36 am

    This is so insightful!