by Matthew Shepherd, ’19

For many rising freshmen, high school is a terrifying and often confusing prospect. Even those who feel prepared are often blindsided by the many challenges of high school and its differences from middle school. Luckily for the incoming freshman class at Upper Arlington High School, upperclassmen are happy to impart information unto them about how to succeed in their freshman year. This knowledge will not only help to acclimate freshmen to life at UAHS, but also provide useful tips for how to thrive here.

One of the most important aspects of high school life is a greater sense of independence, both in terms of leisurely activities and in students’ studies. Sophomore Kathryn Diday said, “I wish I would have known that sometimes you have to learn things on your own because the teacher might not teach it, or teach it in a way that you don’t understand.” While for some this could already be a reality from their middle school years, many may feel a sudden shock at the lack of coddling they receive from their teachers.

This freedom is not too overwhelming for many freshmen, though. In fact, some are even looking forward to entering UAHS because of this increased independence. Freshman Spencer Reinhard said, “I have been told that [high school] is much better than middle school in the sense that you get much more freedom overall.”

This is not the only worry that freshmen face in the coming year of high school. The simple matter of finding their way around the school can be nerve wracking for many new students. Reinhard said, “I am nervous about getting lost on the first few days of school.” Luckily for these freshmen, many of the upperclassmen are ready and willing to assist the freshmen.

The beginning of freshman year can be terrifying for those who are unprepared for the challenges and changes they will face. These challenges are far from insurmountable, though, and by taking the advice of those who have experienced it, everyone will be able to survive and thrive for the entirety of their freshman year.