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Small fish in a big sea

Rant

Rant

September 12, 2006|by REBECCA HULL

As I walked through the school doors on my first day in school this year, I would have thought it was Bill Gates' mansion. I felt like a geek walking around school with a map in my hand and my classes highlighted, with the best route drawn to get to each class.

Needless to say, I was a freshman.

As I walked down the hall, I kept hearing upperclassmen say things like "Oh, look at the little freshman" and "They are getting smaller each year." I also heard the infamous "Get out of our way. We're seniors."

Oh, how I long to say those words.

There are five emotions that pretty much say everything a freshman feels the first day of school: anxious, excited, embarrassed, scared and clueless.

One of the reasons I think most people feel nervous is because you hear so many horror stories about a freshman's first days.

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One of my friends had to kneel on the floor because there was no seat available at lunch.

On my sister's first day at high school, she sat between a pregnant 11th-grader and some guy with piercings all over his body. Thankfully, on my first day, I didn't sit next to anyone with piercings or have to kneel on the floor to eat lunch.

In my first-period class, I thought my teacher was the scariest person I had ever seen. All through class, I was taking notes on rules that were common sense and thinking this is going to be the hardest class ever. After my day was over, I realized he was not scary at all. I was just very nervous.

As my day went on, I went through ups and downs - a typical first day. I noticed, after my first week, that I am going to have more responsibility and more trust from teachers and, I am pretty sure, more respect. This makes it, in my opinion, a better school, and I will enjoy being there.

If you can't find something to do at your high school, you're not trying very hard. For me, this year is going to be busy but a lot of fun, especially with chorus. For you, it might be sports, drama, student government or any of the millions of things there are to do.

As I am sitting here trying to think about what to say about high school, I realize that everyone's experience is different. You can't compare different people's experiences.

High school is what you make of it, and I hope you just breathe, relax and make the best of every situation.

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