Freshies

Madison Krahn, Staff Writer

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A new school year calls for a new class to fill in, the freshman. The fresh group has stepped into a new “home” which they will attend for the next four years. High school is a place where you not only further your knowledge in studies, but also a time where you find your identity through friends and events. Of course, there is a handful of situations in high school that will challenge your abilities, but the challenges help determine who you are. Seniors have survived their years and are now on the verge of making future commitments. Looking back, a lot of lessons have been learned along the way. “I think there are a lot of helpful tips we can give to the freshman, points that I wish I could’ve taken under consideration when I was beginning high school,” Olivia Reilly stated. The majority of this year’s graduating class would share that from start to finish, it is crucial to keep up with your studies. “By the time you’re a senior and applying to colleges, you’ll have to revisit all past grades; so responsibility is key from the start,” John Atem adds. Unlike middle school, high school presents far more academic and extracurricular activities. From DECA to video game club to water polo, the range of opportunities are countless. “Being involved in school is extremely important because you make enduring friendships and memories that you’ll appreciate endlessly,” states Lindsay Bandyk, “It’s better to try new things rather than sit back and wish you could’ve taken the chance.” There are two kinds of freshman; the ones who don’t take their year seriously and the ones who put so much stress on themselves. “Freshman should focus on working hard at knowing the concepts, and not stress as much on the grade itself, relieving the stress and pressure of an expectation but rather learning the ability,” suggests Mr. Kemperman. In the blink of an eye, 2017’s freshman will be filling in the shoes of seniors, so study hard, take advantage of your opportunities, set yourself up for a victorious future, and enjoy being a teenager.

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