Freshmen Life

Matthew Bussi, Writer

I knew having to adjust to the high school lifestyle would be hard, but I didn’t know it would be this difficult. Coming to New Milford High School, my friends and I were over the moon about this new experience but when we got here, we already had plenty of assignments to complete. The happiness that was once in me left abruptly and I soon began to feel extreme stress for the first time in my life. Anxiety started to develop in all of my classmates, and we were all lost and confused.

Other than the workflow, I was also intimidated by the new social scene. Everyone had their own supportive group of friends and I began to question the reliability of my own. Could I trust these people with my secrets? Were they secretly telling their new friends everything I had told them in the past? I wasn’t sure and I felt alone.

I interviewed a fellow classmate, Jennifer Walmach, because I was wondering if other people felt the same. First, I asked, “How did you feel when you first came to this school?” She responded, “Well, when I first came to this school, I was intimidated, yet nervous by the upperclassmen as well as the work. The classes were more difficult, and they were really weighing me down. Additionally, I had to focus a lot more on my classes and work.”

I agree with her statement: we are given many assignments and have little to no time to complete them. This leaves students with little leisure time. Weekends are packed with finishing projects, homework, and classwork that we weren’t able to finish during the week. Our weekends should be filled with fun and joy, but instead, we are working on difficult assignments that take us hours just to do even half of.

I had more questions for my classmate because I was still wondering: “Do you think there is a difference between the middle school and high school lifestyle?” Her response was obvious: “There obviously was a drastic change. I saw so many people that I have never seen in my old school, and it was weird having to adjust to this.” Again, I completely agree with Jennifer’s statement. Middle schoolers are only there for three years, whereas high schoolers have four years to learn. Additionally, there are more students packed into each grade than past years, which concerned me and left me nervous.

My final question was about whether or not Jennifer felt welcome and how she knew.  She answered, “I felt welcomed, but I was still getting mixed emotions. With managing friend groups, studying, and additional homework, it was difficult and I was left with balancing many different tasks. Seeing that most of my friends were in my classes, it made me feel a little more welcome and it was like middle school all over again.” A majority of the students that I attended middle school with also moved up to the high school with me, so I had a little amount of faith and hope that this school year would be great.

Listen, I still have no knowledge about everything this school has to offer and I am not bashing this great lifestyle that I get to live every day, but I am also not praising it. This year, I have persevered through so much stress and many questions that I puzzled for days on end, but I know at the end of the day, I have to deal with it. For the three more years I have left at this school, teachers may throw countless assignments and projects my way, and classmates may send unnecessary drama in my direction, but I know that the good experiences will always make up for the bad ones and as I and Jennifer have this year, I will persevere.