Fresh Meat

Samantha Ashton

Written by Judy Chicoine |

We all know that first impressions are important. We want people to see the best in us. But it’s not always easy to transfer to something new…for instance, the first day of high school. Everybody tells you that high school is similar to your childhood fear: the monster under your bed that will pop out when you least expect it  and swallow you whole. Yes, it can be an overwhelming thing, but it’s just another hill when climbing up the mountain.
As freshman, we’ve gotten used to the saying, “Make it a great day or not, the choice is yours.” We formulate our own opinions; positive or negative. For example, Dominique Burrows and Samantha Ashton said that Morgan was, “…fun and laid-back,” compared to Eliot. I asked a few freshmen for their first impressions of Morgan, and the first word that came to mind was “big”. Kailey Romanos said, “I liked it, but I thought it would be hard to get around or that I might get lost.” She also said that we are given more freedom. Now, we freshmen realize that we are going to have to get used to the change. For instance, the work-load or the new dress code. With freedom comes rules and limitations to maintain it.
Personally, I thought that Morgan was going to be a challenge. But it’s the little things in life that shape and prepare us for the bigger things. Morgan is a vault filled with opportunity. As Stephanie Smallshaw said to me, “…they’re less strict, and there are fewer rules.” It’s an opportunity to learn responsibility. I realize now that my accusations and fears weren’t true. Sometimes, you have to take the leap, even if you don’t know where you’re going to land. High school can be a challenge, but life is simply what you make of it.
Every day is a chance to grow and to learn. When I asked the freshmen if their opinions had changed, some said, “yes”, and some, “no”. Stephanie said, “…the teachers are more flexible.” Kailey found that it was easier than she thought to maneuver through the halls.  Every day in Morgan will present a challenge and a reward.

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