edu180atl: bella reiss 8.2.11
There are many words to describe one’s first day of high school, many of which have fairly negative connotations. Scary, confusing, and difficult are all words I’ve heard. But to me, the whole experience, although rather scary, confusing and difficult, is just new. Besides being in the new school building itself, there are new people, classes and teachers. Like breaking in a new pair of shoes, getting used to the high school routine will take a while, but I’m sure I can say that completing the first day of my high school career was a great feat of learning that I’ll always remember.
I’ve learned quite a few things today. I’ve learned not to sit at the senior table in the lunch room, I’ve learned to always look where I’m going in the hallway so as not to collide with an upper classman, and I’ve learned that in order to be successful in high school, I probably shouldn’t make a big scene in band class. I realized this morning while waiting for the doors to open that high school isn’t middle school; it’s the real deal. It’s a sea of people and knowledge, and it’s pretty great.
Middle school teachers weren’t lying when they said in high school I wouldn’t be spoon-fed. Already on the first day, I’ve got homework and assignments.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned today, it’s that high school is new, but it’s not really so bad.
About the Author: Bella Reiss is a freshman at Decatur High School in Decatur, Georgia. She plays soccer, basketball and bass clarinet. She also likes llamas.