First Month of High School

My name is Abigail Gost and I am currently a freshman at Lane Tech. I have just completed my first month of high school. So far I have to say high school is a big adjustment. Going from a class of 14 to a class of over 1,000 is a little overwhelming at times. Even though it can be a little aggravating, I’m trying to soak it all in.
Last week was spirit week. Lane Tech. students have A LOT of pride in their school. On spirit day everyone was dressed from head to toe in the school colors, green and gold. On that day there was a pep rally in the stadium. All of the 4,000+ students were there. It was loud and chaotic but the crowd was definitely excited. In the halls there were people screaming “Seniors! ’15!” or for us it was “Freshman! ’18!” at the tops of their lungs all day. At the homecoming football game, there was a huge line just to get in the stadium! Students, faculty, and people from the community all joined in the festivities to cheer on our beloved team! Lane Tech. won the game and that was a great end to spirit week!
From the academic aspect of high school, I’m doing well. So far my favorite class of the day is either English or World Studies. I learn new things every day! I have at least 2 hours of homework per day so I’m definitely busy. My teachers are all really nice and pay a lot of attention to each individual student.
I signed up for some clubs as well. I signed up for Autism Speaks club, Student Council, Glee club, and Lane Tech Buddies. I am most excited for Lane Tech Buddies because it is a club that’s all about hanging out with the special needs students. We even plan their prom! I am really excited to start all of these clubs!
I feel that this year is a year of opportunities for me. I am so excited to help with the STEM program!

High School Isn’t Really That Terrifying…..

        Hey guys, this is Jesus Zavala, and I am currently a freshman at Jones College Prep. 

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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.


Jones College Prep.

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.


                                                                              -Jesus Zavala