Freshman Fears Unwarranted

Jessica Rosiak, Staff Writer

Dear Incoming Freshmen,

While high school seems to creep alarmingly closer by the day, it is nothing over which to fret. The 1st day flies by in a blur. High school life quickly settles into a routine. And if one takes control of their high school experience, it will be a productive and positive one.

I moved to Moraga a month before school started, so I came knowing no one and nothing about the school. Though I was nervous, 10 months later, I wonder what I was worried about in the first place. Through classes and after-school activities, I met people that share my likes, dislikes, and values.

One of the most positive influences of my freshman year was sports. spending those after school hours with teammates develops a supportive network. Competition develops strong bonds. The coaches are reasonable and block schedule is accommodating, so one shouldn’t hesitate to join for fear of their homework load.

Academy also gives students a direct line of communication to ask questions and seek extra help during the school day. Teachers are available during the hour, and it is also a good time to complete the extra homework that is due.  

Electives also offer exciting opportunities. Languages, art, choir and auto shop are just a few of the options. Rather than choosing courses based on where your friends may be, I encourage students to branch out and consider independent exploration. 

Many academically minded students aim to take a full load of accelerated courses to help them secure a spot in a coveted college. Campolindo allows freshmen to participate in Honors classes. But I caution incoming students to choose a path based on their own interested.  Do not allow yourself to be pressured into an unhealthy academic schedule.

Part of developing you independence is asserting yourself in the academic decision making process. I recommend following your passions and allowing yourself time to have develop meaningful relationships with your coursework and your instructors rather than trying to cram too much into your schedule.  Ultimately, the student who is authentically engaged distinguishes him or herself in the eyes of college admissions officers.

Since block schedule was newly implemented, it has succeeded in reducing workload-related stress. With 3 to 4 classes a day, the learning and workload are spread out throughout the week. Make sure to spread out home work, so it does not pile on.

Looking back now, I realize there was really nothing to worry about.  I’ve made friends, enjoyed extra curriculars, and grown as a student.