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The Next Generation of Freshman

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A freshmen cuts wood during 8th period Tech and Machines with Mr. Manstedt on Friday,August 28th. They are practicing for future assignments.

A freshmen cuts wood during 8th period Tech and Machines with Mr. Manstedt on Friday,August 28th. They are practicing for future assignments.

Aztryd Lima

Aztryd Lima

A freshmen cuts wood during 8th period Tech and Machines with Mr. Manstedt on Friday,August 28th. They are practicing for future assignments.

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Freshmen year, something everyone has gone through or will go through in their life. Coming into high school, freshmen can experience a lot of different emotions, sadness, happiness, but also fear for facing the challenge of high school.

Many freshmen have older siblings who have told them that high school is something to be afraid of. “My sisters told me it was going to be hard, and we would have a lot of assignments, so I began to become afraid,” said freshman Michelle Lopez. Michelle thought that coming up to the high school was going to be a big change, but has been learning every day that it’s really not that bad. Many freshmen come up to the high school with fears about getting thrown in a trash can, but quickly learn that they will be just fine. Fear has been a big factor in how freshmen see high school.

Once they get to high school, they experience a lot of change, from how they do their homework to how papers are graded. When they reach high school, they wonder if they are really prepared. “I feel that they [the middle school] prepared us very well. They warned us that if you didn’t do your homework, you would fail,“ said freshman Maria Mendez-Juarez. She felt that since they had warned her and tried to help her, then they did what they needed to do. “They helped us with the assignments and prepared us in that aspect, but in the classes and note-taking aspect, they did not prepare us well,” Michelle said. Michelle felt in showing them how to take notes, how to take the tests, as well as study habits, they didn’t do a very good job. The freshmen opinions vary depending on who you are asking.

Other than facing new challenges academically, they also finally have the opportunity to participate in things that they were not allowed to be in while in the middle school. “In the middle school, we never got to participate in soccer, and we didn’t get to be in clubs,” freshmen Steven Vicente said. He never got to play for the school, if a student wanted to play, he or she would have to pay for a soccer club. Now that they have joined high school, they are signing up and trying to find which club they want to belong to. The fears that they have developed about school start to diminish once they join clubs and meet new people. “I have gotten to meet people in the high school that before I probably would have never talked to,” Maria Mendez-Juarez said.

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