By Maithri Nimmagadda
I am not going to claim to be all-knowing after surviving approximately two months of high school. Now that my evident lack of superior knowledge and experience has been established, I would like to retell my experience, along with my fellow classmates', of being a freshman in Council Rock High School North. There are quite a few things that tripped up, literally and figuratively, most freshman when transitioning to the high school.
First and foremost, the school and its schedule were a bit of a problem. Navigating through a school at least twice the size of the middle school was unnerving; backpack trains, hand holding, and stalking fellow classmates were all activities that may have taken place that first day--ok, fine . . . first week. Many a freshman was claimed by the race from one side of the building to the other. The schedule of scattered classes on different floors made it even more difficult to steer through the high school. However, a teacher or K.O.M mentor (otherwise known as orange people) was always ready to help.
Additionally, the change in responsibility from middle school to high school also was an issue. The classes themselves are much more difficult, and teachers tend to put more responsibility on their students, which generally means more homework. However, homework not only counts as a grade, but also serves as a way to refresh one's mind before tests. Just remember that responsibility is the key to independence and “freedom.”
Of course, “lack of sleep” is what beautifully sums up the one awful result of high school. One of the possible causes of this nerve-wracking problem is humanity’s common flaw: procrastination. One way to fight procrastination is to make a schedule and a surefire way to follow it. Lack of sleep can be beaten, so motivate yourself to get rid of those dark circles.
Through my “fresh eyes” and those of my classmates, I have realized that high school is tough. Hormones, a large school, and responsibility do add to the mass of stress that can build up. However, I think high school has already started to prepare me for what will come after. It has led me to find my strengths, weaknesses, and self-knowledge on how to “survive.”