Finding one’s way as a freshman at Ludlow High

Jessica Sevigne, Staff Writer

“Good Morning.” I awoke to the annoying sound of my alarm coming from my cell phone beside me. Dragging myself out of bed, I slowly put on my clothes that were picked out the night before.

“This is going to be a long day,” I thought to myself.

I ran up to the bus stop just as the bus drove down the street, and got on to it with many eyes glaring at me. As I entered the unfamiliar building, a knot formed inside my stomach. I pushed through the large crowds in the hallways, and made my way to my first period class. I got there about five minutes before the first bell rang, and waited patiently in my seat.

After about two months at school, the routine continues. Although it’s a big difference from Baird Middle School, high school is not as bad as I thought it would be. Many of the stereotypical mean “upper classmen” are actually very helpful, and don’t pick on the freshman like they do in the movies.

I am taking all honors classes except for Western Civilization. So far the classes are fairly easy, but I try my best no matter what the assignments are. I have homework in mostly every class, every night and it normally takes me about two hours to finish.

Some teachers are really nice and some can be strict. Unlike middle school, the teachers and staff give you much more responsibility and encourage maturity. The hallways are constantly crowded. In order to get from class to class I have to go up and down stairs, slowly moving behind everyone else while following the instructions from the senior patrol.

So how’s lunch? I wait in line for what seems like hours, finally getting my food, sitting down for two seconds, and then, “ding” the bell rings. This is a typical lunch for me, along with crowded tables, loud screaming, and occasional clapping.

As far as extracurricular activities go, there is a huge variety to choose from. I am currently in the Interact Club along with about 80 other students, doing things for the community such as collecting hoodies for the homeless, and helping out at soup kitchens during the weekends.

I am also a part of the student council as secretary of the freshman class. It is very important to start with extracurricular activities early in high school because as I have heard in the past, it looks great on your college application.

Going into high school is a big change and so far being a freshman is a big responsibility. I hope to continue with my good grades throughout high school and make the next four years the best.