Public high school was new turf. My first day was the cliche of terrifying, surrounded by people I’ve never seen before, and students with BEARDS. I constantly heard people asking, “Who is that?” I remember stumbling into Mrs. Beiner’s culinary arts class and asking a teacher named Mrs. Ferro where the gym was. Both were understanding and helpful in my first day, while some students, not so much.
That’s okay though, kids aren’t nice. I was to soon learn that public school was a whole new universe I was not prepared for. Of course I knew a few people, like Julia Rauch and Ben Corrado. These two were so friendly and helpful in my transition. High school was going to teach me that my peers will make and break me into the person I am today.
Looking back on high school, I have very few regrets. So few, in fact, that I cannot name them. I do not regret doing track. After I finished my freshman season, I knew it was the sport for me, though I started two years prior. I trained all summer, and made varsity my junior year. Track holds a special place in my heart, however, I will not be doing it in college.
Public school really taught me competition, on and off the field. The first football game I attended at New Milford High School was exhilarating. Spirit Week was even better, I will forever be school spirited for New Milford. The first spirit week pep rally was unreal, I couldn’t believe how loud and crazy things could get in one gym.
Teachers have changed me, as well. Mr Torpie and Mrs. Muratore have always been the most understanding with me. I owe them the strength, courage, and drive I have today. I wish I had them for more than two years.
I, Shannon Martin, will be attending Montclair State University in the fall. I plan to major in Athletic Training. New Milford High School will always be in my heart, and I am forever grateful for such a great school.