TRACTION, What an Experience!
Hopes and Fears for the New School Year
It’s that time of year once again. The beginning of the school year is here and there is no denying it. Even if you are feeling reluctant about heading back to school, it is still important to keep a positive attitude about what the year will bring.
All of us have our own hopes and fears for the upcoming school year whether we are A+ students, dedicated athletes, club volunteers, or just running through the everyday motions of high school.
I can admit this fact: the fears that I have as a soon-to-be sophomore are much different than the fears I had as an incoming freshman. This year, I am no longer worried about being able to find my locker or figuring out how to unlock it. I am not anxious over getting lost in the shuffle of upperclassmen, and I feel confident in my ability to find all of my classes on the first day of school.
Although I have learned a few valuable lessons about navigating high school during my first year at WHS, I still have fears for what the new school year might toss at me. This year, I will be taking many more challenging classes like AP Rocket Science and College Credit Brain Surgery. Okay, my classes might not be THAT intense, but they will definitely feel more foreign to me than my previous classes felt. Luckily, I know with hard work and ample amounts of study time, I should be able to pass my classes without stressing out too much.
While I am taking some more challenging classes, I am also taking some new classes that I am really looking forward to. Such as this class; Blue Jay Journal TV. I want to use BJJTV not only to learn more about broadcasting and journalism but also to use this as an opportunity to venture out and to become more involved with our school.
I hope we can all take comfort in knowing that we are all in the same boat. We will all have our anticipations and what-ifs about the 2019-2020 school year, so let’s make the most of it by meeting new people, being ourselves, and supporting each other through the good, the great, and the very best times.
Take it easy Blue Jays,
An Open Letter to Mrs. Stahl
Dear Mrs. Stahl,
If it wasn’t for you, I would still be looking for my fourth-hour class on the first day of school. More importantly, you made my year so much more enjoyable. I want to thank you for everything you taught me about being a good student, friend, and future teacher.
Thank you for helping me become a better reader and writer and for shaping me into the person I am today. You put so much effort into your job and into making sure all of your students know you care about them. I know everyone greatly appreciates that, including myself.
Your teaching has influenced me to go into a teaching career in the future; I strive to be a teacher like you someday.
Thank you for always knowing how to wake up our sleepy, second-hour class by making us laugh with your jokes and funny stories. Thank you for always making my day by simply waving at me in the hallway or by taking the time to stop and chat with me about how our days were going. Thank you for encouraging me to persevere on tasks that I wasn't sure I could take on.
Thank you for leaving a tremendous, positive impact on me and for making my freshman year so much more enjoyable. I would always look forward to going to your class because I knew I could count on you to brighten up a gloomy day.
Thank you for always being there for us, whether it was by giving us extra homework help or extra positive affirmations to boost our confidence. You taught us that there is no reason to be bored. There is always something to do, not only in the classroom, but in life as a whole. You taught us to stay positive even when things got difficult. You taught us to embrace who we are.
Most of all, thank you for teaching me to have an optimistic outlook on the future. Without you, I would still be just as scared as I was on the first day of school searching for my class. You have taught me to set goals for the future and to follow my passions.
Thank you for welcoming me to high school and for giving me a positive start to my experience here. It was a joy being in your class, and I am so grateful I had the chance to have you as my teacher!
Crazy cat lady.
Iced tea enthusiast.
I’m happiest when I’m somewhere on the beach.