Transitioning to the Big Leagues

By Ashley Robinette

High school is no easy place to step into, especially as a young freshman. The current 8th graders at Crossroads Middle School have many different ideas of what to expect, ranging from fears of getting lost to the exciting possibility of new classes. Moving up in your education and the social ladder brings upon these challenges, but one thing is for sure: these 8th graders are not the first kids to go through this transition. 

“I think I’m most afraid of getting lost,” 8th grader Megan Dube said. Her biggest fear for the upcoming school year was shared by many other kids, including Nathan Emerson and Hannah Cooke. “I hope I don’t forget where my classes are!” Emerson said. With the numerous hallways and multitudes of classes scattered around the school, it’s easy to understand why this fear is so prevalent throughout the incoming freshman class. Getting lost was also a fear of current freshman Lily Camp. According to Camp, her first couple of days in the high school were confusing and overwhelming. She admits that she actually did forget where her class was at least once. Even if these 8th graders are much younger than most in the high school, they share this common anxiety. 

On the other side of things, many of next year’s incoming freshmen were excited for the new opportunities readily available in high school. “There is a bigger variety of things to do,” 8th grader Lulya Ghebreweldi said. With the options of new curriculum and courses these kids have never seen, it’s easy to see how freshman year can seem more exciting than middle school. Friends and older siblings only add to the opportunities, even helping to get these young students involved in the activities high school offers. “I’m really excited for marching band because I heard it’s a lot of fun and you can make new friends,” 8th grader Jacob Walsh said.

While the 8th-grade class anticipates the transition into high school, they also realize how an older student’s perception of them might affect their year. “I feel like they think I’m an annoying and young kid,” Paige Hartman said. She is excited to move to a different building, but she thinks the older kids will only see her as a little freshman. “Some of the eighth graders can be obnoxious at times, but not all the time,” freshman Emily Kline said. Even if these upcoming students are younger and a little naive compared to the rest of the high school students, the current freshmen know they were in the same spot as them just a year ago. 

For the incoming Class of 2021, their journey is only beginning in their high school career. Fears of getting lost and the excitement over new opportunities are the tip of the iceberg of what can be expected over the next four years from these students, but only time will tell to see how they make it as a freshman in Northview high school.
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