Freshmen should embrace high school rather than fear it

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Hailey McEntee, Co-Editor

As I walked down the hallway on my first day of high school, I had a million things running through my head: What will high school be like? Will my classes be hard? What group of friends will I hang out with? Who will I sit with at lunch? Will I get a date to homecoming?
I thought high school was going to be the scariest thing ever. After watching “Mean Girls,” who wouldn’t be afraid?
I pictured people trying to shove me in a locker and girls judging me for everything I did.
But in reality, high school isn’t scary at all — it’s a blast.
You get to meet new people, go to dances, find out what job you might want to have someday and take classes in which you are truly interested.
High school is filled with laughter and new experiences.
The classes aren’t bad, just as long as you do your work and pay attention. Sure, there will be some stress, but it’s all just preparing us for college and beyond.
Meeting friends isn’t a problem. There are so many people at Blue Valley, you’re bound to find a group you fit in with — just be yourself. If you don’t do this from the start, then you will never be seen for who you really are.
Showing your real personality is the best way to make friends.
When you walk into the lunchroom, there is nothing to stress about. You can meet some people in fifth hour and sit with them at lunch.
As for getting a date for homecoming, it’s nothing to stress over. I promise it will not be the end of the world if you don’t go to the dance with someone. When you look back on your four years of high school, you’re probably not going to remember who you went with anyway. You can always just go with your friends and still have a night you will never forget.
High school is what you make of it, but it’s not necessarily the best years of your life.
Once you graduate it won’t matter how popular you were — no one later in your life will care.
High school is just a small chapter in life, so don’t waste your time worrying about what’s to come — embrace it.