Good advice for a good life

Madison Gastol and Alessandra Ramos

Many people have heard advice that they hold near and dear to their hearts. For some people it’s from family. For others, it’s from friends. No matter how the advice was attained, it can still change who we are and how we’ve lived our lives. There are different types of advice for every aspect of life, from life advice to everyday advice. 

Life Advice

A New York Post April 2019 article titled: “The best advice you’ve ever received and are willing to pass on” shared a lot of advice. One of the bits of advice was: “You’ve never seen a cat skeleton in a tree, have you?” The article explained that when Alexandra Aulisi’s cat couldn’t get down from a tree, her grandmother reassured her with those words, predicting (correctly) that the cat would come down on his own. “This advice made me realize that, sometimes, you need to shift your perception of a problem to see a solution,” Ms. Aulisi noted.

Avery Bruno, an eighth grader, offered advice about life that she says helped her cope with moving. “Things start off hard but they always get easier,” she said. 

A seventh grader, Adyson Flannery, provided advice on being yourself.  “Just be yourself when things are going bad. I have a friend and he really helped me through a lot because I was really sad and I didn’t feel like being myself and I didn’t feel comfortable in my own skin,” she said. “Then he came around and told me to be myself, it made me very happy. Thanks to this advice I feel like I’m happier and I can use the advice I’ve been given to help others.”

School Advice

Kiersten Milburn, a seventh grader, volunteered her school advice.  “Don’t believe what other people tell you about yourself. I was depressed for a while and it just got me down because people were calling me names. I talked to one of the coaches, and she told me don’t worry what people say and just be yourself.”

Coach Herron, a 7th grade Language Arts teacher and athletics coach, said her background helps guide her values and advice.  “I am a second generation college graduate. Without the advice and support from family, previous coaches/teachers, and friends, I would not be where I am today.” 

Coach Herron offered advice about setting high goals. “Reach for the moon because if you fail you’ll land among the stars. She also offered advice for people who might not feel confident: “Fake it till you make it.” she said, adding that she tries to instill these traits into her students.

Advice about working hard

The New York Post April 2019 article also shared this advice. “In life there are two types of workers: ditch diggers, and those who tell them how to dig the ditch. Decide who you want to be, and do it 100 percent.” —@cooneyd554 

Valeria Garcia, a 7th grader offers this advice and hopes it will come through when making tough decisions. “Work hard for what you want in life.” 

More quotes

Becton Leon, a seventh grader, was given this advice after he dropped his baby sister down a few steps: “ Don’t always act stronger than you actually are cause than you might mess up,” he said.

The New York Post article also said, “When you see a ball on the road, make a full stop. There’s usually a kid running right behind it,” said Paulina Gomez.

Ms. Jordiin, a 7th grade History teacher, offered advice on love. “Before you date a guy watch how he treats his mother cause that’s how he’ll treat you,” she said. “I think that advice is very true in my life, that you can always tell who a guy is based on how he treats his family.” 

For more information: