As new Freshman students enter Lebanon High School each year, it can be a little scary and confusing for them. Despite the difference in the size of the High School compared to the Middle School, students also have to adjust to new teachers, new teaching styles, new festivities and a new lunch schedule. After finally settling in, two Freshman students spoke out about their transitioning experience.
Freshman Noah Maxwell really enjoys the high school despite the differences from the middle school.
“My first day of high school was great because it was a new experience and I got to be somewhere else other than the middle school. I met a lot of new people and I really like the teachers that I have this semester,” said Maxwell.
“Transitioning into high school was easy for the most part, but it was hard to find my classes at first. Once I got the hang of it I started to really enjoy it,” explained Maxwell.
After two weeks in the high school, Maxwell feels comfortable walking around without feeling like he is going to get lost. Maxwell said that it was tricky at first, but after a couple of days he slowly got used to the new adjustment.
Senior Dominick Seppel gave us some advice that he would like to share with Freshman.
“If I had one thing to say to underclassmen, not just Freshman, it would be that your success in life is completely, 100%, based off of how much work you are willing to put in. If you do not put the work in, do not expect to get much success out of what you did,” said Seppel.
Seppel continued talking about different ways you can get involved at LHS.
“The best way to get involved at LHS is to stay connected with your teachers. Most teachers here in this school are affiliated with either one or two activities, whether those are sports or clubs. If you stay connected with your teachers, you will always find at least one thing to do,” said Seppel.
Freshman Jaycee Weaver loves being in the high school, but the transition over was a little scary at first.
“Overall the first day of school for me was really good. I like all of my teachers, and on the first day they helped me and the other freshmen out a lot,” said Weaver.
“I feel confident now that I’m in the high school because I have a lot of older friends and my sister that I know will help me out if I need it, along with my teachers. It was really scary at first though,” Weaver continued.
Weaver was both nervous and excited to transition into the high school, but now she enjoys it and loves being able to see her friends that are upperclassmen.
Senior Katie McDuffie is involved in a lot of activities here at LHS, and she has learned a lot of valuable lessons along the way.
“My advice to Freshman would be to stay out of drama and avoid doing things just to impress the upperclassmen. Refrain from doing things to please people, and do not be inappropriate just because other people think it is cool. I promise one day you will look back and wish you would have never acted a certain way just because people thought you should. Another thing I will say forever is to ALWAYS care about your GPA. Your freshman year is the basis of the rest of your academic success and I promise that it does follow you into the rest of your high school career. Remember that school is going to get hard, and life will too, but it does get better. It always does,” explained McDuffie.
Despite the scary transition into high school, once you become adjusted you will soon find hundreds of doorways that can lead you one step closer to where you want to be in your future. There is a club at LHS for everything; interested in Business? Join DECA. Interested in agriculture? Join FFA. No matter what you are interested in, there is something for you to do here at LHS.
If you are still struggling with the transition into high school, or having any issues with your classes or peers, please do not hesitate to reach out. Student services, upperclassmen and the staff will always be willing to help you out!