Before I came to Chaparral High School for my freshman year, I was very nervous, scared and excited. I thought teachers were going to be mean, aggressive and strict. I also thought that there was going to be a lot of bullying.
My first day of school was kind of weird because a lot of people would stare at you like if they never saw a freshmen before. My friends and I would always be walking in lunch but other students would call us “freshmen.” But it was weird because most of the sophomores would call us freshmen and they were barely freshmen last year.
Every day I would come to school and ask myself if people were going to call us “freshmen” the whole year. Thank god they stopped calling us names. So my freshmen year has been okay except for the first week of school year. I felt kind of uncomfortable because I felt like if no one liked us.
I also thought there were going to be lockers so students can store their stuff in there. I thought high school was going to be hard but no it’s not that hard. It’s only hard if you don’t pay attention or you don’t make any effort. I thought I was going to get a lot of homework but most of my teachers don’t give me homework.
High school is different than middle school or elementary because in high school they provide birth control and condoms in the health office and in elementary or middle school they don’t. I knew that the health office provided birth control and condoms because during the first semester I had health class and the teacher told us that in the health class they would provide it.
What’s also different are the lunch lines. In elementary and middle school there was only two lines, and in high school we have five lines. The five lines have different types of food.
In high school the dress code is way different than middle school. In middle school we wore uniforms and in high school we can wear whatever we want. When I was in middle school I was excited to come to high school because I no longer have to wear a uniform. Some girls on Fridays dress up nice and in middle school we had to pay $1 for casual dress. We couldn’t wear ripped jeans, white jeans, tank tops, sandals, flip flops (basically open toe shoes) or inappropriate worded t-shirts.
I was also excited because I was going to meet more people. When I was in middle school I never saw students with piercings or tattoos but high school has a lot of students with piercings and tattoos, and teachers or principals don’t tell them anything.
My expectations for high school guys, was that guys were going to be taller than me but there are guys shorter and some are taller than me.
I also thought I was going to get lost. The schedules from middle school are different than high school. The classes from middle school were longer than high school classes. In high school we have different schedules: standard schedule, rally schedule, I-CAT schedule and EOC schedule. We only have these kinds of schedules when there’s testing, dances, pep-rallys, or I-CAT.
What I like about Chaparral High School is that teachers try to prepare students for college or university. We have classes called pathways that can help you for a career you like. Child development is a pathway that helps you become a teacher or you can work with children.
I thought dances were going to be cooler but they are not. Most of the students in the dances don’t dance. They stay with their friends.
I thought P.E class was going to be hard, I thought we were going to run every day or do exercise every day but no some days we go to the weight room or we just stay in the gym playing.
What I’ve seen more in high school than in middle school are the fights. This year I’ve watched 10 or more fights. When I was in middle school there were fights but not a lot and not that often like here in high school.
When I was in middle school there were times that I wanted to come to high school, but now that I’m in high school I miss middle school. I miss middle school because of some of the teachers I had. Some were cool and fun, and the others were easy. They would give me easy work or they would give second chances. Here, in high school they’re a little hard. Now that I’m in high school I like it and I got used to it.
There is more activities in high school than in middle school. In high school we have automotive, video production, yearbook, newspaper, nutrition, child and human development, health, weight training, culinary arts and life skills.
There’s more sports available in high school than in middle school. In high school we have golf, wrestling and tennis. And in middle school we didn’t had those two sports. Coaches are harder in high school. They get all the players to run and players also get to condition a lot.