There are many rumors about high school that people hear when coming into freshman year. Some are stereotypical ideas portrayed in movies, such as: upperclassmen being mean to freshmen, getting milk poured on your head, classes being so much harder than middle school, and not having any fun. However, many freshman enjoy their first year in high school and realize that it is not as bad as it is made out to be.
When asked how her first year of high school went, Nina Statler, a freshman at Las Lomas, quickly replied, “I really liked my first year of high school a lot more than I thought I would…My favorite part of high school has been homecoming.” Kaetlyn Claus, also a freshman at Las Lomas, expressed a similar idea that everyone at Las Lomas is nice and welcoming and that her first year at Las Lomas has been fun.
Throughout middle school, teachers give a lot of work in order to “prepare you for high school.” For some students this can be intimidating when they hear how hard high school classes will be compared to middle school. However, most of the time high school classes are more rigorous, but you will learn more. Katelyn Claus agreed with this and stated, “I feel like I’m learning a lot more. [Teachers] are giving us a lot more information, and I’m grasping the topics better.”
Another great thing about high school is getting to meet new people and make new friends. With 7 classes a day, lunchtime, and extracurriculars, there are many opportunities to meet new people in high school. Dalton Bader, a freshman at Las Lomas, stated: “I’ve met new people that have come from other schools. [High school] has been fun so far and hopefully gets better.”
The transition from middle school to high school can be difficult, but Nina Statler, Katelyn Claus, and Dalton Bader agreed that there is nothing that they miss about middle school and that high school is better.
Overall, high school isn’t this terrible place where no one will like you, as some movies portray. High school can be a great experience if you get involved in activities such as sports, work hard in classes, and make an effort to meet new people!