COLUMN: What, me worry?

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Changes about as first day of high school approaches

By Brooke Tindall

Four years, just four more years.

Oh, no! Last week I sent off my postcard from the high school, letting them know I would be going for registration and getting acquainted with the classes and school.

I was very relieved that they had these programs, so to speak. We have already had a freshman orientation where we heard about the new schedule, and saw and heard from the teachers and principals. We were referred to as the class of 2013. This reminded me that in four years I will be graduating — gulp, panic. Luckily, the high school offers these programs to help incoming freshmen. The high school is a very big school. Although we’ll be in the freshman center, some of the classes won’t be in there from my understanding. Without these programs I think incoming freshmen would be lost.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m not afraid to go into high school. I’m sure others have had the same “I can’t believe I’m going into high school” feeling.

I had that feeling when I walked into the middle school. I remember telling some of my younger friends and family: “Don’t worry, you don’t have tardies on the first week or so. It’s easy to get used to, and classes are close together in the same hallway for the most part.”

They still had the panic look on their faces, the “no matter what you say it’ll be awful” look.

Take it from me, sixth graders, everything will be OK and you will make it. You will get the chance to meet students from the other elementary schools and make friends. You will have a different type of schedule but trust me — your teachers have prepared you well.

It may be scary at first, but after the first week or two you’ll be thinking, “why did I worry so much?”

Last year, my language arts teacher said, “as teens, you don’t handle change well. Trust me and I’ll let you know when to panic. Changing schools is not the time to panic. We will have you prepared and ready if you listen to us. I don’t know why you panic, maybe it’s making the change from being the big fish in the tank to being the little guppy in the tank.”

But what did we do? Panic!

We also have the schedule change from having four grading periods to three. We also need to get used to longer class periods. To me, I’m not that concerned about it. I’m just focused on knowing where my classes are located.

The way I see it, high school is time to really focus on your future. You have four more years and you’re off into the real world. It’s time to start considering classes that will help you get ready for the career you are going to assume.

I’m sure the juniors and seniors have their worries, too. They will be graduating in such a short time. They want to make sure they have all their credits completed and everything required for graduation done.

Juniors are most likely filling out college applications and thinking about that. They also have the SAT’s and ACT’s to take.

As we go into the next school year we all are facing a transition, some bigger than others. We’ll have our worries no matter what anyone says. Hopefully after visiting high school at the end of this month I’ll have a better feeling and less worries, same for all the incoming freshmen.

The incoming sixth graders have already gotten their idea of the school so they probably are less worried. I’m anxious and a little worried but I know I’ll make it though.

We all will.


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