Teacher’s say

What is your biggest piece of advice for seniors going into college?

For every issue, the Crusader asks several Bonita Vista High (BVH) teachers a question about a topic related to the BVH community. With seniors making their college decisions and preparing for this next chapter of their life, we decided to ask teachers for words of advice for the income college freshman. 


English 9 Accelerated and International Baccalaureate (IB) English teacher Raymond Chhan. (Maddie Almodovar)

“The biggest piece of advice I have for seniors is to always take a moment to reflect on your current position. Whether you’re being challenged or whether it’s really exciting or fun, it’s important to think about where you are and appreciate the current position you’re in to take a moment to think about how you’ve grown and how you’ve changed and how things are the way that they are.”




Dance I, Dance II, International Baccalaureate Dance and Get to The Pointe (GTP) dance team teacher Christine Timmons. (Eliza Noblejas)

“They need to study something that they’re passionate about so that they enjoy studying. Then, that will lead them to a career that they truly enjoy. I think that happiness is so very important. Learn how to be financially responsible, know the difference between a need and a want and travel the world as much as you can. Always take care of yourself and check in with yourself mentally, physically and emotionally.”



Advanced Placement (AP) World History and International Baccalaureate (IB)
History of the Americas
teacher Jose Vallejo. (Maddie Almodovar)

“Seniors, congratulations on getting this far. If there is a generation that doesn’t need a reminder about life having unexpected twists and turns, it is your generation, but it is how we react to these unexpected ‘life plot-twists’ that makes us invincible. Stay strong, have patience and practice kindness everyday because that is what the world needs more of nowadays. Stay awesome!”






English 10 Accelerated and Drama teacher (Eliza Noblejas)

“Number one is having a work school life balance. It can be a bit overwhelming, especially if the campus location is completely new. Prioritize the workload and seek out help from tutors and mentors. Another suggestion to feel a sense of belonging would be to join clubs, just like here at the high school level. There are clubs available at the college level and so that’s the best place to make new friends, especially if it’s a new environment because of culture shock and being homesick.”