Hey guys, this is Jesus Zavala, and I am currently a freshman at Jones College Prep.
I want to touch on a subject that I, myself, has had a decent amount of experience with so far. It is something that seems to scare quite a few students. Did it scare me? Of course not, why would I be scared?…..It terrified me.
What is this terrifying experience I had you may ask? If you read the title you might have a clue. This so terrifying experience was; transitioning into high school. What is so scary about going to a brand new school in which I knew absolutely no one after being constantly told about what a rigorous curriculum the school had, who knows? However let me give you a little background information.
I am coming from a little small happy catholic school called Pope John Paul II. Slightly over 200 students in the school. I was there ever since second grade. You could say I developed some pretty good chemistry with my classmates. We began as over-energetic children and graduated mature young adults. There was exactly 24 students. Time went on and we had to choose our next path. After the tests, deadlines, and high amounts of stress. Jones College Prep was my next destination.
2 weeks of “Freshman Connection” which is a way to “prepare” incoming freshman, which did slightly help, however, I think it might have just made my fear even worse, was done.
The first day of school finally arrived and my fear was an entirely new level. 500 incoming freshman…There is 500 incoming freshman…About 2000 students at the school. “Almost identical to what I’m used to of course!” I’ll say it again. Brand new school, I know absolutely no one in the entire school, the curriculum is said to be very rigorous, and there is an intimidating amount of students. How would I make it through the first day?…With quite a bit of ease actually. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would. Yes, I’m new to the place so finding my way around is a bit tricky at first, but this wasn’t at all of what my mind thought it would be. As more days went on, the more people I met and the easier I found the “school flow” to be.
The days turned into weeks and then the weeks turned to months. High school wasn’t anything of how I pictured it. I met tons of new friends in the pool of 500 freshman and saw some new teaching methods I’ve never seen before. Jones was becoming a familiar place with familiar faces. Each day I felt more comfortable than the last. At this point I was more worried about remembering my locker combination than anything else. The work given at first can be pretty stressful but it isn’t anything you can’t do if you have proper time management. Time Management is the key, if you have this you will be very successful.
You have to remain focused on what is important and that is your school work. Everything else has its own time, however, school comes before them. This is the type of mentality you have to keep. School is your priority right now. Don’t worry about making new friends, they will come. Don’t stress yourself out worrying about how to fit in. Simply be yourself and you will meet your friends and enjoy your time in high school. It is not as terrifying as your mind makes it to be. You will adjust to the changes. Your school leaders, teachers, and fellow classmates will not let you fall behind unless you allow yourself to.
If you are an 8th grader or a student who is getting close to starting high school reading this, take a deep breath, relax, and trade the fear for excitement for the journey ahead. You will do just fine.