Your yearbook committee has asked you to write a comment for your yearbook profile page, but as soon as you sit down to write something, your mind goes completely blank! What do you write about? How do you begin? Don’t worry – help is at hand.
Some schools use a question and answer structure. This helps a great deal if students are finding it difficult to write something themselves. Here are some of our top leading questions:
– Do you have a school nickname? If so, what is it?
– What’s your favourite school memory?
– What has been your best/favourite subject?
– Next year I’ll be…
– In 10 years time I’ll be…
– What will you be remembered for?
– What is your best school memory?
Another idea is to use this opportunity to thank the people who have helped you and made an impression on your life whilst at school. Which teachers, tutors, friends, parents/guardians, have made your school years memorable? For example, “I’d like to thank Mrs Hallam for all of her help and inspiration.”
Wish others luck and write positive messages for the future – when you look back at your yearbook comments in years to come, a positive comment will emanate much more pride than a negative one.
To add a pinch of humour to your comments – write about your favourite funny memory of your time at school – something comical which was said by a teacher or happened on a school trip.
If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary – suggest to the yearbook committee that everyone puts together a collage about themselves (this could be a whole page or half a page depending on how many students are in your yearbook). Scan in objects and text which you feel represents you and what you will be remembered for. For example, items connected to your hobbies, your favourite book or your pencil case.
If you really don’t feel confident in writing something yourself, why not submit an inspirational quote or lyric? This idea shouldn’t be seen as the easy option as it’s encouraged that you at least try to put a few lines together. Perhaps you’ve a piece of text by your favourite author, or a quote which has helped you stay positive in challenging situations.
Whatever you write make sure that firstly, it’s personal to you, secondly, it’s respectful (and not hurtful) to others and thirdly, that messages come from the heart. I know it sounds soppy to say how you feel, but you’ll thank us for this advice in the future!