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How Does High School Affect People’s Character?

  The high school experience is often regarded as stressful and anxiety-inducing, but it doesn’t always seem as bad with the right group of people, the right teachers, and the right activities. Many hold secondary school in high esteem. High school can really change someone into a completely different person.

“I would say I was a different person going into high school than I am now,” said senior Willa Paglierani. “I really grew into myself, and I made so many new friends who I really care about and appreciate.”

Going into ninth grade, many people can get very nervous. As with any new experience, it can be very intimidating.

“I think I was a lot more shy going into high school because I was, like, nervous.” said math teacher Jackson Petroccione. “I feel like when you’re a freshman, the seniors are so much older, all the upperclassmen are a little intimidating. But as the years go on, I think you get more comfortable.”

Even in a short amount of time, many people can come to enjoy what they have done in school. Small achievements can add up in the short term and can contribute to one’s self-image.

“I have been able to help my friends, manage my grades, and even get a girlfriend,” said one freshman.

High school, like all things, has its ups and downs. But it’s the good things that stick with us the longest,  shape us into who we are, and pave the road for who we can be.

“Playing tennis [was a positive experience for me], because I met some of my really close friends playing tennis that I’m still friends with today,” said Petroccione. “I wasn’t very good at tennis, but it was a lot of fun because I had all my really close friends and our coach was really nice. ”

Then again, there’s something everybody hates about school, no matter what grade someone is in. It can irritate anyone from the freshmen to the seniors.

“Having to wake up at 6 am every morning.” said Paglierani, “I will not miss that after leaving Masco. I am not a morning person, so those early morning wake-ups are not fun.”

With struggles like these, it is important to keep a hopeful and optimistic view, lest everybody spiral down and miss some great opportunities.

“I am looking forward to my concert, starting a new club, and any field trips we take.” said freshman Anders Raines.

Most people eventually graduate. And it is vital not to stay running in place, trapped in the good old days. One day, everyone will look back at their younger selves, so make every day the good old days.

“I am very excited for the college experience of going in and being able to meet new people,” said Paglierani. “I am also excited to be a part of a team at college, and be able to figure out what I want to do in life.”

From freshman to senior year, whether people like it or not, high school is a place to grow, to try new things, and to begin to find yourself as a person.


Theo MacQuarrie
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