COLUMN: Maybe high school isn’t so scary after all

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By Brooke Tindall

Confusion, yeah you could say that, but worry? No.

Walking into that intimidating, huge building certainly seemed like a task. The high school itself and the added freshman center are big. Taking a deep breath and walking nervously into the new school was all I could do, it seemed like, Tuesday morning.

With the ding of each bell it brought another thought into your head. The first bell probably, “Where is my class and how will I find it? I’m gonna get lost!” A few bells later it was, “Eh, this isn’t so bad. I’ll make it this year.” And, by the end of the day, it was, “Glad it’s over, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought.”

As I walked around searching frantically in the hallways for my first class, I must have passed it a million times it seemed. Then, after that, it was upstairs to the end of the hallway. After that, it was all the way to the freshman center with turns and the traffic of people, toward the end of the hallway.

Talk about a long, quick walk in a brief five minutes. But it wasn’t impossible. The remainder of the day (my last three classes) were in the freshman center.

“It was nice to have a new freshmen center. It made the first day of high school less stressful for me. Upperclassmen are kind of intimidating,” said my friend Shelby Watts.

She’s exactly right though, it was a huge help, especially when you’re new there. It allowed for less travel in the traffic of high school and less frantic searching for the classroom number due to fewer rooms. All of the required freshman classes are located there, plus the elective foreign language classes.

The teachers were also very helpful. All the adults in the building seemed to either have a map or know where each class was. They were comforting and welcoming and relaxed the nervous moods of everyone.

In the classroom they explained everything and gave rules, lists and many other things. Some teachers immediately started teaching, others waited until Wednesday. It wasn’t as bad, or as scary as I thought it was going to be. The teachers standing out in the halls helping us were a major help too. It went well, I think, I didn’t get lost but once or twice.

“I think it’s kind of confusing having the locker bays, instead of having them line the halls. Upper classmen are kind of intimidating. I don’t think it’s right that we have to run all the way to the far upstairs in the West Wing, that’s going to be hard getting to class on time,” said Katherine Green.

My friend Megan Smith also said the same thing, we need more time between classes. You don’t have any time to go to your locker, you have to keep your books with you all day pretty much, which stinks.

“Yeah, the East Wing is nice and I think it’s great, even though it’s causing a little confusion for everyone right now,” said Jamie Williams when asked what she thought.

My brother as had his thoughts on middle school. He sure seemed to like it though as he told us all about his day, when just the day before it was a game of 20 questions.

Some good advice though is to leave your worries at home, you won’t need them. Yes, there will be some confusion, but always expect a little of that. Just don’t expect a reason to worry and be overwhelmed, it’s not that bad, as you can tell. God bless.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” -John 14:21

Brooke Tindall is a teen columnist for The Anderson News. She is a freshman at Anderson County High School and can be reached at btindall95@gmail.com.