By Allie Jackson
Recently, I saw an image featuring a group of older people at a farmers market who had set up a tent with a sign that read, “ Old Coots Giving Advice. It’s probably bad advice, but it’s free.” The picture made me laugh, but it also made me wonder. What if I went and asked older people for advice and insight on things that us as High Schoolers are going through? What would I ask them? What would they say? I asked my teachers and friends these question and eventually came up with this; I would go to a donut shop, ask the older people there the following questions and then record their answers, and surprisingly, it went quite well.
What advice do you have for HS students?
Patty: “Just enjoy it while you can, it goes by fast.”
Jerry: “ Take advantage of everything.”
Hubert: “ Believe in God and don’t let anything change your mind.”
Roy (an old Neosho superintendent): “ Study! Learn to spell and be motivated.”
Jarvey Harris: “Put the phone away!”
How has HS changed since you were a student?
Patty: Patty described to me that she had a 1000 kids in her graduating class. At the time, her school was very segregated. “ Coloreds were here, whites were here,” she stated as she pointed from one side to the other.
Jerry: “Classes are a lot bigger,” was the first thing he said, “ I had 8 in my graduating class.” He then told me there was 65 kids in his entire High School.
Hubert: Hubert stated, “ There is less freedom.” When he was in school kids were allowed to bring weapons on campus. At the time there was no threat in doing so. Hubert described how kids would bring actual guns, with no bullets, to school so they could play cowboys and indians. Times sure have changed.
Roy: “Prices have gone up,” Roy stated. Lunch used to be a dime when he was a school. He also voiced that the biggest problem was kids throwing paper wads and that the girls dressed “immaculately”.
Jarvey: Branching off the topic of school dress, Jarvey informed me that kids didn’t wear shorts, and the dress code was much stricter.
Overall, I thought my little adventure went quite well. The people I interviewed were easy to talk to, although I learned that one has to speak up when talking to this particular crowd. It was a great experience and I plan on doing it again.