|Cynthia Smoot, 7th grade tennis team|
I was inspired to reach out to some of my notable connections and ask for their favorite school memories and ask if they had any advice to offer today's students. I had so many great responses, that I had to break them up into two posts. Here is the first installment and I will publish Part Two tomorrow. I hope you enjoy reading their stories as much as I did.
|Lauren Przybyl, first day of Pre-K|
Fox 4 Good Day anchor
"10th grade was pretty awesome! It was the year I recieved my car and started working. I felt so independant and I loved every moment of it." Looking back on school-day fashions Derry recalls, "K-Swiss (shoes) - I used to love them, ha ha. You would keep them so fresh and so clean. All white or black and your were ready. I must admit I wasnt a girly girl!!" When asked for her best piece of back-to-school advice, Derry says, "I tell my son all the time you need to get good grades and concentrate on what your in school for. If you get caught up in extra stuff and hanging with those folks you think are cool and not doing their work you will be in the same place 10 yrs from now."
Chef and television personality
Catch her in "Hungry Investors" on Spike
Top Chef alumnae
|Units was created by Dallas designer Sandra Garrat|
Editor-at-Large, Southern Living Author
"I don't remember having a bad year, but second grade was great. I had a crush on my teacher Mrs. Maruna, and it was the last year that my brother, sister and I were in the same school together. I had an awesome Dukes of Hazzard lunch box with matching Thermos. I still wish I had that thing." My best piece of advice for the new school year? "Remember your real friends. They'll be there for you every year, all the way to graduation."
Texas Monthly, BBQ Editor
Author, The Prophets of Smoked Meat: A Journey Through Texas Barbecue
|Alexa Conomos in Kindergarten|
Co-Host of Daybreak on WFAA
"I loved my freshman year in high school. It was my first year at Elgin Academy in Elgin, Illinois. I was young, cute, weighed almost nothing, and loved the place. I was quite the actress! The biggest trend that I wish would return is after-school play in the backyard until the fireflies come out. Fewer programmed activities -- just let kids be and use their imaginations! I used to let our kids swim after school (before homework) to stretch out the summer. When it gets dark earlier, keep the house as cheery as possible with lots of lights, maybe a fire in the fireplace. And limit activities -- after a relaxing summer, all those nightly meetings, events and activities can get to you AND your young ones!
Real Estate Expert
Blogger, Candy’s Dirt and Second Shelters
|Dawn Neufeld in High School|
Co-Host of KTXD's The Broadcast
Co-starred in "Football Wives" on VH1
"My senior year at Lakehill Prep was my favorite year because we were SENIORS... the cool kids. Looking back on that, I realize how flawed that thinking was. I was a Aqua-Net addict with the big hair to prove it. Those photos scare me. I still have a tendency to get "closer to God" with my hair, if you know what I mean." Gina's best piece of advice is to "Enjoy school. It truly is one of the most special times of your life. While it might be hard to envision that while you're actually going to class, doing homework and fighting through after-school practice, it's such a fun time in which you bond with friends over collective experiences. You'll look back over these times fondly. Make the most of it, it's the only time in your life you will have this much fun."
Blogger, That Sports Girl
Sports reporter and television personality
Come back tomorrow for Part Two of this series for even more hilarious childhood flashbacks.