Back to School has different meaning for incoming freshmen

By Stephen Franckowiak

Before today I had to wonder how my life was going to change by becoming a freshman at Exeter Union High School. In eighth grade I was at the "top of the bottom." As a freshman, I'll be at the "bottom of the top." After eight years in grade school, the transition will be tough, right? For example, my schedule is set up differently, there are new teachers to meet, and most of all, there's a large campus to get used to.

After Freshmen Orientation, the incoming class of students (Class of 2008) was told about the high school.

We also got a chance to visit our classrooms for the fall semester. At first, trying to find certain classes was very confusing. Soon, though I got the hang of it. It was good to see people I hadn't seen all summer. After talking to other students and my teachers, I realized something. High school shouldn't be bad at all. In fact, I'll have more freedoms now than ever before. At the same time, I'll be setting the base for my whole life. I think a lot of my friends thought this too. Like me, they all see how much fun high school will be.

There are so many opportunities. I think that by trying their best, no matter who they are or what their background is, anyone can be successful. There are plenty of things to do. It was pretty amazing how many clubs, classes, and sports there are to participate in. I'm already signed up for CSF (California Scholastic Federation) and I'm running cross county. In the spring, I'll try out for baseball. Whether you want to play water polo or learn advanced Spanish, there's something for everybody.

School begins Monday, so I'm getting ready to hit both the books and the playing field in the 2004-2005 school year.

Stephen Franckowiak was a summer intern for The Exeter Sun.

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