High School: A Whole New Jungle, by ​Eve Brown-Ryder

High School: A Whole New Jungle

By: Eve Brown-Ryder

“High school is like going into a gas station bathroom, you don’t know what you’ll find,” said Rebecca Vitali, a freshman here at Memorial.

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But what do other freshmen here have to say about coming to this new environment?

Students were asked what their favorite part of high school is so far. Kayla McClarty said, “My favorite part about high school is getting to see my friends. I wouldn’t get to see most of them outside of school, this gives me an opportunity to talk to them.”

When asked the same question, another student said “My favorite part of high school is having more freedom. I feel like in middle school it was more ordered and most of your classes were right next to each other, but now your classes could be on the other side of the building. Also, I like how we get to choose our classes.”

Andrew Buckholz responded with, “The freedom of picking my classes is what I like most about Memorial this year.”

”I like how many opportunities you’re given,” said Abey Lemite.

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A handful of freshmen were also asked about the hardest adjustment they’ve had to make in coming to high school. Justin Discua said, “My hardest adjustment was my work ethic. I feel that in middle school things could fly by like it was nothing and I didn’t have to study or anything. [Now though,] I’m either having a test or quiz just about every day or week. I would definitely say [that] my focus and what I’m doing my freshman year will affect my senior year when I go to college.”

The response of another student was quite different, “Probably the amount of energy needed for a school day. The first month or so of school was exhausting.”

Bryanna Perrier said that “The hardest adjustment would have to be getting here on time and also finding my classes in the morning.”

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Students were also asked what the hardest part of high school was and Lindsay Gagnon said “The hardest part about high school is trying to keep up [with schoolwork]. So far, I’ve been absent several times and it has been a struggle to get it all in on time.”

Abby Weber said, “The hardest part about high school is adapting to being who you are at heart instead of what other people want you to be.”

“It’s not necessarily hard per say… I really don’t know,” says Adam Ritchotte

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And since everyone knows that middle school and high school are so different that they might as well be on different planets, students were asked which they liked better. “Middle school, because people were a lot more accepting,” said Sarah Wood. In contrast, another student wrote, “High school, because middle school was sort of a cringy growing period with a lot of weird phases. (Ex. The infamous 7th-grade emo phase.)”

So what about other freshmen high school experiences so far? “Easier than middle school teachers said it would be,” said Sam Crossette.

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Austin Gagnon thinks that “It was a little tough at first, but now that we’ve gotten through the first month it’s a little easier.”

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One student responded to the question with ”My high school experience has been nothing short of excruciating. my slight case of insomnia mixed with the stress of my classes is a terrible combination. I didn’t know that it would be so difficult and boring. Although, high school students leave me alone which is nice. I’m as introverted as an introvert could be, so the atmosphere helps a lot.” And Jesus Vasquez simply believes that ”The library here is better than the one in [middle school].

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