Yasmeen Khan is a reporter covering education. You can find her stories on the air and on SchoolBook.org, WNYC’s education website.
Graduating seniors, we know you have a story to share. Join our contest for the best submissions on the New York City high school experience.
SchoolBook wants to hear your anecdotes, wisdom and parting thoughts about high school life in New York City (public, private or parochial). Tell us about a memorable learning experience, your biggest accomplishment or a change you have noticed in yourself. You can focus on any aspect of the high-school years — like how you made use of your time on a long daily commute or how you had a wonderful/terrible experience with a school play.
We're collecting the stories and will pick out some winners from the batch.
But first you have to submit something.
Post your reflections on your school page on SchoolBook (to find it, go to the yellow box on the right side of this page and type in your school name). The school page for Edward R. Murrow High School already includes some thoughtful submissions.
Zawadi Garrett, for instance, says the only thing she would change about her high school experience "is the procrastination that still haunts me to this day."
Faina Gordover writes that at Edward R. Murrow's freshman orientation, the school staff "never explained the hidden girls' locker room." She says she hopes freshman girls have more luck finding it than she did.
Faina goes on to say that she had a positive high school experience, especially after overcoming shyness and problems with bullying. With time and strong friendships, things changed for her.
"To this day, I surprise myself with my outgoing personality," she said.
Starrann Ferguson says her advice to incoming ninth graders is to stay focused.
"My first year, I only had six credits, that is not enough to be a sophomore," she said. "I had to work hard, take extra classes and summer school for two years to make up classes that I needed to graduate."
Starrann says that while her high school experience "was not the best," she learned "that hard work truly pays off."
We want to hear from more graduating seniors. Those with the best tales to tell may have a chance to see excerpts from their submissions published in the Metropolitan section of The New York Times and read on WNYC. We will also pull together some of the best and most compelling stories to share with SchoolBook readers at the end of the month. And some small prizes may be awarded.
How to post your story:
Type in your school name in the yellow box in the right column. Click through to your school's page on SchoolBook.
Post your entry in the yellow box that says "Start a Conversation" for your school. You will need to log in using a Facebook account. Give the entry a headline, then type your tale in the box below it. You can also post photos or videos there. (All submissions are moderated to ensure they are appropriate for SchoolBook readers.)
Have fun, graduates. And good luck.