"Students should take their education seriously, be in school on time, and be ready for what's going to hit them next," said ninth-grade student Brandy Jean in response to President Barack Obama's annual back-to-school speech Tuesday.
The speech aired in Melissa Turner's ninth-grade English class at Williamsport Area High School.
From Masterman High School in Philadelphia, Obama told students showing up to school on time, paying attention in class, doing their homework and studying for exams absolutely is essential for success.
"Mistakes are a part of life and it's all right to be wrong, just remember to listen to what people have to say and it might help you in your life," Jean said. "Figuring life out can be very tough but you just need to keep going and do your best with what you're given."
After listening to the president's speech, students at the high school commented on what they believed to be most important for them to remember.
Obama spoke of a time when he wasn't the best student he could have been.
"I made my share of mistakes," he said. "I can still remember a conversation I had with my mother in high school. It was about how my grades were slipping, how I hadn't even started my college applications and how 'casual' I was being about my future. Hearing my mother tell me about effort and how I needed to make some, I began getting serious about my studies and I made an effort."
To that, student Ben Tripoli said he was surprised to hear that a president had the same struggles he faces in school.
"I never would have thought that a president would have a bad attitude or let his grades slip like President Obama said happened to him," Tripoli said.
Fellow student Rodney Beck said he was hopeful the president's speech would get students to stop being bullies and step up and become role models in their communities and in schools.
"Students need to know when play time is over and when the time to buckle down and work in the real world begin," Beck said. "Education comes first, and then play time after."
Overall, the students in Turner's class said they admired Obama and the efforts he is making for education.
Zachary Rogers said he thought it was good for students to see that the president was taking time out of his day to deliver a speech to students nationwide.
Obama acknowledged that school is tough and that it can be made even tougher by the presence of classroom bullies who make fun of students and try to make those who are different from them feel bad.
The president urged students to ignore bullies and treat each other with kindness and respect, saying part of the beauty of life "lies in its diversity."
Although Rogers felt the speech was needed for students, he didn't agree with the president's remarks about bullying will change things.
"I don't believe that bullying will ever stop. Just because the president says it, it doesn't mean students will listen," he said.
"Even if you don't think of yourself as a math or science person, you can still excel in those subjects if you're willing to make the effort," Obama said. "Excelling in school or life isn't mainly about being smarter than everybody else. It's about working harder than everybody else."
At that, Rogers said he was glad to hear the president say it's not always about being the smartest in the class that will get you ahead of everyone else.
"I was glad to hear that working hard is more important than being the smartest in your class or being the best in your class," Rogers said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.