By Ely Schosek
Summer is winding down, which means that the start of a new school year is inching closer. Most people probably remember entering high school as a freshman. It can be a nerve-wracking experience, but it is also something to look forward too.
High school means new opportunities, new people, and a new learning environment. For the upcoming freshmen, there is so much to look forward to.
“I’m excited for having more freedom and responsibilities,” said Francesca Palmisano. Aryanna Lee also noted that she was excited to have more freedom and to meet new people.
Wyatt Myers mentioned that he was excited to be with older kids.
“Some people may think it’s scary because of that but I think it’s an advantage.” He is also looking forward to a fresh start and “being able to do stuff without having teachers watching over you in the halls 24/7.”
When these freshmen were asked what they were most nervous about, this is how they responded: “Probably the new teachers,” said Aryanna; “Probably finding my classes on time and going through the hallways with so many people,” Francesca added. Wyatt mentioned the fact that they are going into a different school, but added, “I don’t think it will be too bad after a week or so.”
A few of this year’s seniors gave some great advice for the upcoming freshmen, things they would’ve liked to hear when they were starting high school.
“I would say to take advantage of everything SGI has to offer because before you know it you’ll be a senior,” said Abby Steiner. “Go to every musical, every sporting event, every dance and be involved as much as possible… your high school years will be much more enjoyable if you do so.”
Ashley Blesy said, “I would say to get involved. Join clubs, sports, music, whatever you’re interested in to try new things and meet new people.”
“Be yourself! Don’t work so hard to make people like you,” said Rachel O’Neal. Brett Russell advised the freshmen to “stay focused, work hard, and don’t be shy.”
Henry Domst added, “I would say the best piece of advice I could give to the freshmen this year is to greet everyone with a friendly face. Also, try your best not to get in anyone’s way in the halls.”
Evelyn Smith said she thinks it’s important to get yourself out there.
“Join what you want to join, talk to people you don’t normally talk to and be sure to make good relationships with your teachers because you’re going to be with these people for the next 4 years. And believe it or not, it flies by,” she said. “Being a senior, I’m in ‘my year of lasts’ … I’d say to make every year feel like it’s their ‘year of lasts,’ just to experience what they want so they don’t end up regretting what they didn’t do.”
Jessie Seifert mentioned the following: “I would definitely tell them to get in their community service hours because it can be very useful with multiple things. For me, I have over 180 hours of volunteer hours and it’s helped me gain communication and interpersonal skills so I am able to interact and talk in front of people better.”
Jessie continued in saying freshmen should join clubs they’re actually interested in and not just join clubs to put on their transcript.
“They should enjoy the extracurricular activities they do, and there are plenty of clubs to join and freshman year is probably the best year to join those clubs because then you can pick and choose what you like/dislike and what clubs you want to stay in or choose to drop,” Jessie said.
The transition from middle school to high school can be stressful, but what these seniors had to say show that it shouldn’t be.