Advice for the Class of 2022


Hannah Facenda, Staff Writer

Dear Class of 2022,

Congratulations! You are now part of the sisterhood! You’ve done so much hard work to get here, and it has finally paid off! I can promise you that your experience here at Merion will be the best years you’ve ever had. As a freshman, (almost a sophomore) I thought it would be a good idea to tell you about my experience as a freshman at MMA.

I believe one of Merion’s greatest qualities is academics. I was nervous to be taking the step from grade-school academics to high-school academics. Through this change, it is important to remember to manage your time wisely, spend a good amount of your time on your homework, and study for tests in advance. Although it may be difficult at times, it is imperative that you keep this in mind. If you’re having a difficult time understanding a certain concept you should make sure that you contact a teacher or meet with a tutor from the National Honor Society. These people are great resources and are more than willing to help you. By asking for help, they will understand that you care about how well you do in their class. If you still are having trouble, you can meet with your personal guidance counselor and discuss what the best option for you is, as you’re moving forward.

Merion is also known for strong sisterhood. In these six months that I’ve spent at MMA, I’ve come to know every girl in my class so well. Through classes, homeroom, clubs, and activities, I’ve developed such great relationships with each of my sisters. I was so nervous to meet new people, but after freshmen orientation, I already had friends that I knew I would hold onto. Reach out, join activities, and don’t be afraid to talk to anyone. Everyone is in the same position as you, whether they know a lot of people from grade school, or not. In order to develop these relationships, it’s very important to get involved.

Joining clubs, sports, the musical and other activities is a great way to not only meet people, but to have fun outside and inside of school. Some days, co-curricular period allows to go to a club during the school day, which frees up your afternoons and early mornings for music activities and sports. We have over 70 clubs and activities to offer. There’s an activity for every interest!

Good luck, girls. Make your time at Merion the best four years of your life!

Love always,

Hannah ‘21