Elsie McNabb, a New Haven Middle School eighth grader, explained, “Going into high school is going to be a big change for sure. The teachers are different from the ones in middle school, and I don’t really know what they’re like. I’ve heard high school was a lot harder than middle school, but I’m ready to make the change.”
Some students are definitely ready for the excitement of high school sports and the responsibility that comes with having the opportunity to play sports. Chloe Tyree, an eighth grade R-2 student who plans to attend Hermann High next fall, mentioned, “I’m ready to play high school sports and make more friends. I’m ready to make a commitment to a team that I can call my family, but to have that opportunity, you have to get good grades. Making the change to high school is going to be a big leap, and I’m as prepared as I’ll ever be to start fresh.”
Transitioning to high school can be scary and a lot different than elementary or middle school. Having lockers without locker checks, the length of classes, and turning in homework on time are all a part of the high school experience. ow the student chooses to overcome the fear of high school can help to determine how the experience will be.
“High school is not as scary as it seems,” explained Jenny Gallardo, a senior at New Haven High. “It’s how you take everything in. The classes are a little bit longer, and you have more responsibility, but you get used to the flow of things very quickly.”
“The high school setting isn’t exactly laid back, but you get the feel of things pretty fast,” mentioned Hannah Pehle, also a senior at New Haven High. “The biggest thing is doing your homework and keeping up with your grades. If you don’t do well, it catches up to you.”
Some students have their own fears and doubts about beginning the four-year journey and others are simply ready to begin the next level of their education and move on. Either way, the 2015-2016 incoming freshmen are on their way!
-by Karissa Durbin