We Wisdom: School's out
|By Anabelle Craig - contributing writer | June 28 2018|
To quote Alice Cooper, who I hear was a big deal in the 70’s,
School’s out for summer
School’s out forever
School’s been blown to pieces
No more pencils
No more books
No more teacher’s dirty looks.
Yep, I have finished my first year of high school. I had an amazing time. It was a big change and I only got lost twice. I made some new friends, learned the rules, and figured out how to maneuver the halls and general tomfoolery of teenage life. It is an intense place to be, high school. Full of hormones, drama, sweat, swearing, and the occasional bit of learning. You can feel the energy and emotions of the school and its inhabitants even when everyone has gone home for the day. High school. What the heck. I still have three more years and I am excited to see how my secondary education will unfold. Who will I meet, what will I learn and what is in store for me when I am done.
Since I started at HHSS, I have thought much about this experience of high school. The social scenes, teachers, classes and the general institution and how to navigate it. I wanted to reach out to someone who is moving on and going off to university and another who is starting grade nine. Both anxious yet happily anticipating their upcoming experience and what it has to offer.
My friend and former homeschooler, Helen Williams, who will be entering grade nine in the fall, says she is excited and nervous at the same time. “I’m looking forward to having more selection in courses and working towards a career.” As expected, the thought of the clubs, groups and the social aspect keeps many future grade nines on the edge of their seat. So many things unavailable to elementary students means a few restless nights in anticipation for the start of September. For now, Helen is wishing up the last of her classes and looks forward to registering in the fall.
Emily Klose is a Grade 12 student who is off to the University of Guelph next year for Molecular Biology and Genetics. I asked her how she felt about leaving high school and she said it felt a little weird. “Four years is a long time and it’s a big transition. I’m ending high school and I’m leaving home next year so it’s kind of all at once. It’s weird to think that this is my last week at high school, ever.”
A new chapter is starting for so many students in the county and across the country. Moving up, moving on and moving out. New beginnings and fresh starts are on the minds of many young adults as they further their education through high school and beyond. I look forward to my next three years but have no desire to rush it. I am going to take it as it comes, try to stay on top of it and not freak out. Or at least freak out with a sense of style. “Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!” ? Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!