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Sophmore Kamryn Thomas fills in answers to a test using an iRespond remote

by Briana Clinkscales, Staff Writer

Nearing the end of the spring semester is always overwhelming, yet apprehensive to teachers, but mostly students. Students have little time to recover any failing grades, and the whole summer to anticipate the next school year.

Freshman year is a fresh start. Coming directly from middle school, there’s thoughts about how the first day of high school will be. It’s eventually looked back on and serves as a newsflash about how far a person can grow mentally  in so little time. The first thing incoming sophomores worry about is the transition from ninth grade to tenth. Wanting to make their academic transition as smoothly as possible, they stress, along with worrying about a social life, which is most essential to them. A lot of sophomores enter with the mindset that tenth grade will be the year of exploration and excitement, not yet knowing how the year will eventually play out.

“Ninth and tenth graders are very similar as far as maturity, but sophomores have had the experience of being in ninth grade,” counselor Toni Dickerson said. “They see if and where they messed up their freshman year and a lot of them make that change.”

Often times, towards the middle of sophomore year, levels of initiative, motivation, and enthusiasm about school is lacking in students, due to the reality of the year. It’s a very common part of teen development. Sophomore year in high school is often described as “the forgotten year.” There’s not much to look forward to, and students are just getting their feet wet, so the interest in education is depleted.

“I think classes will get harder, versus being the next level of a class, simply because I think teachers didn’t expect a lot from me as a freshman than they will as a sophomore,” freshman Jetaun Walker said.

Recognize the cause

Most teens are mentally exhausted from making that big transition to the next grade and not knowing what to expect, while others are just trying to figure themselves out. Find what makes you interested, whether it be an extracurricular activity, or just being able to see your friends; they’re reasons to remain attentive in school.

“Freshman year was a newsflash for me; I realized a lot about what I was doing wrong and how I could improve in those areas,” freshman Mya Kelker said.

Talk to someone

There are always people to talk to about the problems you might be having; your school counselor is there for a reason. Talking to someone about the problem you’re having will help change your perspective on the issue and leave you with a fresh pair of eyes to view the world from.

“Developing a relationship with students is very important to me,” administrator Christi Osborne said. “It’s my job to help students advance, mentally and academically, so that they become a productive member of society.”

Don’t worry so much

With college on the rise for many teens, both the parent and teen begin to worry about the future, which is the start of constant teen stress. During your whole high school experience, you want to remain in the moment and not worry about what’s to come; it takes the fun out of everything.

“I try not to think about it,” freshman Paris Brown said. “Next year, I know people, classes, and even friendships will change, but I have to do what’s going to benefit me in the long run and not worry about the present.”

Sometimes, students worry so much about achievement, they forget about remaining engaged in life overall and what makes them happy enough to academically apply themselves in school.