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Ava Palminteri, Crown Writer & Photographer

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The first year of high school is bound to be filled with both enjoyment and nervousness for every freshman. A lot of things about high school differ from middle school. The workload, class size, classmates, courses, and pressures are all new challenges to the incoming first-year high school students. The adjustments and the new environment can be hard to get used to, but once a student gets into the swing of things, freshman year can be filled with enjoyment and memories. They just have to adjust to the differences between the new school compared to eighth grade to be successful.

Eighth grade and high school do differ in many ways. ”You have multiple teachers and you have more options for clubs,” says Hailey Piwonka (9), when asked what she found different about high school from eighth grade. Unlike junior high, high school consists of transitioning to a different classroom and teacher each class period. Multiple teachers mean different styles of teaching which can be difficult for most students to adapt to. Another way high school may differ from middle school is the spiritual life. For kids coming from a non-religious middle school, mass, theology, and prayer can be a weird adjustment for them. Even for the students coming from Catholic middle school, it can be an extreme change. The level of importance religion has at Marian can be a new adjustment for some students. Outside of the classroom and spiritual life, clubs are an added bonus in the high school experience. The variety of different clubs can excite a new student. With many options to choose from, every freshman can find a club suited for them no matter what their interests. With the many options of afterschool activities, to partake in the transition from eighth grade to freshman can be an exciting one.

Although the transition can be thrilling, it is completely normal for an incoming freshman to be nervous. The tougher curriculums and more intense workload can be daunting at first, “It’s harder than eighth grade but still doable.” says Jenna Knapp (10). Knapp knows all about the workload and the difficulty of the courses.  Through her experience after her first year as a student at Marian, Knapp is confident and well prepared for her future years. 

Classes aren’t the only thing that makes freshman nervous. The never-ending question, “who will I sit with at lunch?”, is on the mind of most incoming students. Making friends is a tricky thing to do when entering a new environment, but a lot of freshmen has the same problem. Whether they know someone going into Marian, everyone sometimes struggles with opening themselves up to new people and befriending them. Socializing by joining clubs and after-school activities helps to get to know your fellow classmates. Finding friends is not the only exciting thing that comes with freshman year.  Exploring other areas such as theatre, the arts, and sports offered at Marian can be exciting to join for new opportunities and experiences.

Freshmen entering Marian always prepare for the unexpected, but they also anticipate the best memories. High school offers many things for a student to be thrilled about. “Theatre club has always been something I’m excited for,” says Elijah Freundl (9). Marian’s theatre department has many events throughout the year to excite the drama enthusiasts coming to the school. From the Fall Play, Black Box, Variety Show, and Musical, a freshman has a lot to choose from to participate in. Along with theatre, there are many other forms of art incoming students can be excited to partake in, including choir, band, madrigals, and different forms of dance. Outside of the arts, many different sports are offered at Marian for every type of athlete. Football, soccer, tennis, volleyball, fishing, and golf are a few of the most popular sports at the school for the freshman to join. Overall, no matter what you are interested in as a freshman Marian has something for you to get involved in and look forward to for the year.

High school is drastically different from eighth grade for most incoming students. The harder workload, advanced courses, and larger classes can cause students to be nervous when first starting out. However, the clubs, people, sports, and fun experiences that come with the year can make the transition from eighth grade to freshman year go smoothly.

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