High school myths debunked: fact vs. fiction for freshmen

For the first few weeks of freshman year, high school might seem like a foreign land with intimidating upperclassmen stalking the halls. Freshmen often have misconceptions about high school, but since they are new to the campus, how do they know which rumors are simply myths?

Myth: Real-life high school is just like high school on TV and in movies.

If new high school students think that they are entering one giant Mean Girls movie or that their day will fly by in a montage like in the high school 80s movie The Breakfast Club, they will find themselves to be sadly mistaken. “High school isn’t as dramatic as TV makes it seem,” senior Caroline Castleman said. “Shows are overdramatic and make it seem like freshman are lowly, but I didn’t feel that way during my first year. Everyone was really nice, and I didn’t even feel like a freshman.”

Myth: The work load is enormous.

While it is a big jump from middle to high school, if time is managed correctly, the transition should be pretty manageable. “I take Honors and AP classes and play two sports,” junior Hope Wilson said. “I’m busy, but I’ve learned how to balance my time. I know I have to work ahead if I’m going to have a crazy work load. If I’m not busy, I take advantage of that and go to a McNick game or hang out with my friends.”

Myth: Freshman will be made fun of by upperclassmen.

Believe it or not, upperclassmen are not all eager to try to scam freshmen into buying passes to the ‘pool on top of the convent.’ As leaders of the school, upperclassmen may seem intimidating, but they are usually eager to take underclassmen under their wing and share their wisdom. Senior Paxton Knight drives his brother Spencer to school every day. “On the first day of school, I told Spencer to talk to other students in his classes as much as he could, and I encouraged him to join more clubs,” Paxton said. “I’ve also introduced him to my friends so he knows more people on campus.”

Myth: The lunch ladies serve “mystery meat.”

By the time students make their way to the front of the lunch line, they are ready to grab their food and get to the kiosks as fast as they can. Luckily, there is a variety of food available at any point in the week. Junior Aaron Diemler buys his lunch in the cafeteria every day. “There are a lot of options, like a salad bar and a refrigerator full of ice cream,” he said. In addition, hot lunches like sweet and sour chicken, hoagies, and spaghetti and meatballs are served.

Myth: Joining clubs is nerdy.

Often, freshman avoid joining clubs because they are afraid of looking overenthusiastic about high school. However, this is not the case. “I am involved with Spirit Club, Service Club, Student Council, and Thespians. I have definitely made a lot of friends from being involved in these clubs, especially upperclassmen,” sophomore Emma Kapp said. “I think some people aren’t open to expanding their comfort zone or trying something that their closest friend wouldn’t do, but I like participating and being involved in clubs because I get to know what is going on around school and meet new people.”


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