A Word of Advice

The school year is quickly progressing. Students have already completed three out of eight months of the school year. The seniors will be graduating in no time, although freshmen still have a while to go. The building is bigger, the classes are more diverse, and the entire atmosphere reeks of unfamiliarity for many ninth graders. A simple piece of input could make a world of difference when signing up for new classes or choosing a sport to play.
“Don’t be scared. It isn’t as bad as you think. High school isn’t like a stereotypical high school movie– you aren’t going to get bullied or anything,” said sophomore Summer Lanier.
According to Lanier, balance is essential when signing up for new classes.
“Make sure you have fun, and balance easy classes with harder classes that complete your cluster– you need a balance. Also pick a cluster as a freshman, because that can be important,” said Lanier. “Taking harder classes as a freshman is wise, because it adds points to your GPA. You can overdo it though.”
High school has less classes than middle school, although that doesn’t necessarily mean it is easier. Freshman Aaron Meshaw discovered this soon after entering high school.
“I have less classes, which is surprising. I have less work, but it’s still requires the same amount of mental capacity. Although I have less work, it’s harder work,” Meshaw said.
Classes aren’t the only thing that changes. Clubs are a viable option for any high schooler to participate in.
“Joining Key Club and and other volunteer-based clubs is very wise. Colleges look at that stuff. Even if you aren’t going to go to college, you still gain experience and knowledge from clubs, so they’re still a good idea,” said senior Kenntrice Fields.
Sports are yet another possibility for ninth graders to pursue. The variety and intensity of sports offered is greater in senior high.
“In middle school, you could do soccer, but you couldn’t do football. In high school, you can do football and soccer and you can run cross country all at the same time,” said Meshaw. “I run on the cross country team. It was a good opportunity to meet new people, and it helped me mentally and physically.”
New clubs, sports and classes can all be very new for incoming freshman. Everything seems foreign, it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Fields enjoyed the change.
“Although my freshman memories are kind of foggy, coming to a new school and meeting new people was definitely my favorite thing,” Fields said.