Story By: Kristina YouYoung Kim Editor: Alexandra Oh Web Designer: Li June Choi
Students of Class of 2020 are the up-rising freshmen of 2016. The transition from eighth grade, the last year of middle school, into ninth grade, the very first year of high school, is one of the most exciting yet frightening event for students. But regardless of the increase in both amount and level of difficulty in our school work, there are also many new and worthy experiences. And although there will inevitably be times that we will falter, there will always be our family members, friends, teachers, and counselors that support us.
Other than the more diverse, yet focused core classes, high school provides greater freedom for students. During advisory period in middle school, there are office hours in high school. Ms. Jesudass, a high school counselor, claims that, “In the beginning, getting used to the idea of office hours that we have in the high school seems to be the most challenging for freshmen.” An evident difference between these two classes would be that advisory is required for students to attend and office hours are used when students take the initiative to do so. And due to this difference, students take a longer time to begin using these hours effectively, for their personal benefit.
In high school, it is more than possible for different grade level members to be in the same class. And so many up-rising freshmen believe that it is extremely hard to approach higher grade level members. Madison Hong (9) shared the same concern as many of us before entering high school, but after playing sports, taking classes, and being in the same clubs as upperclassmen, she realized that everyone is friendly, and worrying about how to get close with them should not be problem.
The most important thing to recognize right away is that going through a transition is natural because many things will be new and different, and new things scare us. When encountering something that is new and different, the best solution would be to communicate with adults that will be able to provide adequate advice for us. Once the solutions are reached together, high school can become a “very fun and exploratory time,” as Ms. Jesudass says. It will be a chance for students to understand more of who they are and where their interests lie.