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Transitioning to High School, Is it Scary?

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In movies and television, the transition from middle school to high school seems like one of the scariest things that could happen. Incoming freshman look like ants and the high school students look like giant spiders. Four incoming freshmen from Rodriguez Prep Academy (RPA) in San Bernardino were interviewed. They shared their thoughts about transitioning from eighth grade into high school. Lauryn Taylor explained, “I’m excited for high school because I am more mature now.” Most students are excited and can’t wait for a more “grown up” life in high school. They get more freedom and responsibility. “I wish there was more time for school. I’m sad about leaving my friends, but excited for high school. I enjoyed all my new friends I met and I’m sad to leave them, but summer and high school will be an enjoyable time,” Caleb Wilhelm and Claudia Castaneda explained. Leaving eighth grade is an emotional experience for RPA students. They leave the campus while the lower grade students exchange goodbyes to the eighth graders. Many are in tears, even the teachers. After the annual “Walk of Shame” the eighth graders go home as incoming freshmen.

“My thoughts are missing my friends and my favorite teachers, also all the good memories with my friends. I can’t wait for high school!” says Ayanna Revis. Each of the students will be entering several different high schools in the San Bernardino Unified School District in the fall.

In reality, the transition into high school isn’t all that scary. Most people have a couple friends they will see. I thought leaving middle school was fine, it was leaving my friends and not knowing any people in high school that scared me. I made the cheer team at my high school and now and have friends around the campus. Beginning high school is not as hectic as it seems. One thing the movies and reality have in common are that all freshmen are “new meat.”

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