As everyone has done their best to get used to being in school again after summer break, some students are having more ease in getting accustomed than others.
While for upperclassmen the school gradually feels smaller and more familiar with each year, for freshmen this new environment can definitely be challenging to figure out.
Emma Lottes, a Harrison freshmen coming in from Klondike Middle School, says that the hardest thing she has had to deal with since starting her high school career is the size of the high school and the disappointing lack of adults available for assistance.
“There’s not very many people to help you out in the halls if you don’t know where your class is,” Lottes said. “I mean, you could always pop in and ask a teacher, but it would be nice to have people standing in the hall.”
However, while the help from teachers may be less accessible than expected for Lottes, her upperclassmen have been very helpful to her.
“I’ve had lots of girls from soccer,” Lottes said. “They told me if I ever need help, that I could always talk to them.”
This is not just a special case between good friends. Harrison senior Sam Bartu says that he believes that help from upperclassmen can be very useful for newer students.
“Go all out,” is the advice Bartu would give freshmen.
“Don’t be afraid to talk to someone you don’t know, or to go to an event, or try a club that you’ve never tried before,” Bartu said. “Some of my best friends I had just met by talking to them or inviting them to go do something. I barely even knew them, and then that makes really good friendship all throughout high school.”
He said that he recollects the senior leaders he would look up to when he was younger and how they would make sure to be friendly to the freshmen and make sure they felt important to help reduce stress.
Bartu said that he never tried hard during his freshman and sophomore years, and it was the biggest mistake he made in retrospect.
As young adults who are preparing to go out into a society where teachers will not be there for aid, more experienced seniors going out of their way to help newcomers prevents certain mistakes from being repeated.
If that is the reason that is given when asked why we take History classes, to learn from the mistakes of the people who came before us, then this showcase of passing down of knowledge and wisdom outside of class is proof that these Harrison seniors ready for the future ahead of them.