Student Stories

Skyler Stone
Posted 7/23/17

Editor’s note: This is part of a weekly series of columns written by recent eighth-grade students at Cleveland middle school.

As will probably be noted at the bottom of this column, I am an …

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Editor’s note: This is part of a weekly series of columns written by recent eighth-grade students at Cleveland middle school.

As will probably be noted at the bottom of this column, I am an upcoming freshman at Cleveland High School. That means that I have never had a “high school experience” like most of the people reading this have had. Most of my classmates and I have only walked around the school on the tour that leads around the eighth-graders from Cleveland Middle School.

From my middle-school experience, I often hypothesize how high school is going to go, and no, my guess is not based on clichéd movies. It is based on the experiences of some of my older friends and adults in my life.

“Try to stay out of trouble,” and “The friends you have now will probably not last throughout high school,” is mostly the advice I have been given. However, nobody has asked me how I felt about going into high school and how I think it will go. I may just be a hopeful “freshie,” but at least I have my hope things will go reasonably well, right?

The second piece of advice really gets to me. I personally don’t have many friends, anyway. The ones I do have are, in general, not even in my town — either anymore or they never have been. Because of this, I describe myself as an introvert, but I am outgoing when I wish to be. I can get along with people, but I don’t describe them as my “friend,” just “friendly.” I really believe that I will still have the friends that I have now after high school, a group of four whose names are Hannah, Parker, Anderson, and Curtis, and if not friends, then we will still be friendly toward each other. Even if something happens, I can’t hold a grudge for long, most of the time.

What I want to do in high school isn’t simple at all. I wish to try my best in the best classes I can get, introduce a club I joined at CMS, and work my butt off with clubs and activities. The club I wish to introduce is very interesting, and it is called Youth in Government. In YIG, you write a bill and present it in front of everybody else participating. Some of these make it into law, and are signed by the governor. It is unique and I hope people will find it fun.

With high school comes a new feeling of “How is everybody going to think of me?” All the older kids intimidate you, you might feel stressed trying to keep your grades up or getting from class to class, or, in a freshman’s case, you might forget where your class is altogether. I think that I will be beyond stressed with these ideas and experiences, for I do tend to overload myself. Yet, I can’t wait. High school can bring happiness, excitement, love, relief, heartbreak, sadness, and an overall experience that everybody should have in their lives, because of how complex it is and how much you can learn from it.

So, I say, bring it on.

(Skyler Stone will be a freshman at Cleveland High this fall.)

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