Freshmen mixed on difficulty of transition to RB

John Shay, Staff Reporter

The transition from middle school to high school is an intimidating task. Meeting new people and taking harder subjects can be a difficult move for some students to make, while for others it may seem natural.

There are many new responsibilities when moving into high school, and this can be tough for some students.

“The transition from eighth grade to high school was kind of a hard one because in high school you have a lot more responsibilities, and a lot more work. In the end, I feel like it is going to be worth it,” said freshman John Chmura.

Despite the increase in responsibility and amount of peers, high school may not be that different from middle school depending on what school the students are coming from.

“The transition was not that difficult, because high school is kind of the same as middle school. There are a lot more people, but I’m kind of used to it since I went to a bigger school,” said freshman Avery O’Bryan.

There are many aspects that play into why the transition can be difficult, but one of the hardest things to get used to is the amount of homework.

“One of the hardest things to adjust to is the workload and how what you do in the classroom continues to what you need to get done at home. It is hard for some students to get out of that mentality that everything is going to be done in school and the homework doesn’t matter,” said english teacher Philip McGovern.

Finishing homework and turning it in on time can prove very useful when making the transition to high school.

“My transition would have been a lot smoother if I actually did homework and turned work in on time,” said freshman Peter Vasquez.

There are also different programs offered by RB that can help make the transition a lot easier.

“I had the experience of going through the bridge program, which made the transition really smooth. It was very helpful,” said freshman Julian Duda.

What is taught in high school is very different from what is taught in middle school. There are many options in high school for what can be learned.

“The difference between middle school and high school is that in junior high kids do not need to pay that much attention, because it doesn’t matter as much towards their future. In high school, you start to figure out what you like and do not like, so it really helps you prepare for your future,” said freshman Nora Ford.

High school can also provide many opportunities to make new friends and meet new people. It is often a period where students meet some of their lifelong friends.

“I feel like high school is a lot more diverse because there are a lot more people from other schools so you can make new friends or join different clubs and sports, increase your friend group, and have good relationships with people,” said freshman Ethan Rubi.

The transition from middle school to high school poses many differences for students. There are many new people to meet and a lot of new subjects to learn. Whether the transition and experience is seen as easy or hard, high school is an important new chapter in all students’ lives.