My First Day: A Freshman Perspective

My First Day: A Freshman Perspective
Posted on 08/30/2019
Crowd of freshmanSurviving My First Day of Freshmen Year
Genevieve Miller
Staff Writer

A lot of times there is this whole picture of high school that usually movies and books portray which are very commonly overrated. Like freshmen getting shoved into lockers, tripped in the hall, and even eating lunch alone in the bathrooms. Going into a new school not knowing half the people or what to expect doesn't sound so great. Now let me tell you how it really is.

My first day of freshman year I honestly did not want to go. I was terrified of being judged, ridiculed, and harrassed by upperclassmen. That morning when I got on the bus I was doing my absolute best to stay calm, but that wasn't enough to swallow the homesick feeling that kept punching me in the stomach.

Halfway up the road other students loaded the bus. Freshmen and a few juniors. My friend got on, looked at me confused and asked, “Is she in our grade?” By the time I looked up to see a sixth grader sitting in one of the seats, the bus was already driving away.

Our bus driver had to stop at the middle school right after the high schoolers got off, which I'm not sure he was exactly happy about. But from the sixth graders perspective it must have been awful, which helped me see that what I was feeling couldn’t be as bad and I was going to be fine.

As we arrived at the school I could see tons of other buses lining up. I watched as people raced one another to the doors. Soon enough I had to join them. When I reached the school I turned to the freshman hallway and went to find my home room.

Before school started someone had told me there’d be no groups forming in the halls. That if there were, we shouldn’t be standing around like we didn’t know where we were supposed to be. Or we’d become annoying to passing upperclassmen and teachers. But sure enough though there were clumps of students standing on both sides of the hall, the whole way through.

I had to push through groups of people to get to my home room. It was frustrating for me because the halls are only so big. In homeroom I listened to my teacher talk about how this year was going to be. She explained how things worked, and what not to do.

Then the bell rang and next thing I knew I was hurrying to my first period. Instead of finding it right away and things going as great as I had planned for. I ended up circling the same hallway four times, and asking about every teacher I saw directions on where to go.

Lunch finally came around. I got up to the doors and it was like a stampede;hungry high schoolers rushing to find a seat. I felt like I was going to topple over.

By the time I was in the cafeteria the booths were already filled and everyone was in line. Students were coming out with trays loaded with food. I made it to the back to one of the already half-full tables where I met up with another one of my friends. I just want to say that I have never been in such a chaotic environment.

Every class I walked out of I had something to do for homework. From how was your summer worksheets to 5 different maps to fill. It barely stopped there. Every period I’d have twice the amount of work to complete than my last class. Some advice that was completely accurate was stay on top of my work. That person wasn't kidding.

So when I came home my first night I wasn't in such a pleasant mood. But as the week went on it got better. I got lost less, and I developed a better organization system to keep track of my homework. It's not so bad being a freshman once you catch on and get the hang of things.
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