Another first day of school

Last Wednesday someone asked me what grade I was in and the urge to say “freshman” practically choked me. It was so strange to walk into the first day of school at Greenwich High and find that my fellow sophomores and I are no longer at the “bottom of the pack.”

In a way, it’s a big relief: No more racing around to find hidden classrooms, no need for the issued maps of the school given to us during orientation, and no more wondering if high school teachers really give as much homework as everyone tells you (they do).

It can be quite nice to be a “seasoned veteran” within the high school, but the sophomore class still has a few challenges to face. There are the usual things like the big sophomore paper, which we have to look forward to, and our first AP classes, during which my teacher loves to point out that we are “closer to playing with toys then going off to college.” The dreaded CAPTs are on their way as well, and of course we all have to deal with the normal difficulties of buckling down for another school year after our fun and exciting summers.

There are also the unusual things we now face, like the crazy drop-offs in the morning because of the limited parking thanks to the recently discovered contamination problems in the playing fields. Then we have the hectic sports schedules that have come about from lack of field space, again thanks to the PCBs.

But all of this really pales in comparison to the excitement of our freshman year. The way I see it, sophomore year is something like the middle child complex. One can almost see it crying, “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!” But joking aside, it seems that the cost of being a “seasoned veteran” at GHS is the loss of the thrill and newness of the huge high school. Of course junior year is filled with worrying about colleges and the SATs and, well, senior year is a year unto its own.

So where does that leave the class of 2014? Well, this year should be one filled with fun. One in which we enjoy school — maybe not the homework part — but the time spent with friends and the chance to learn from our quirky teachers. We now have the time to focus on all of our different sports, arts or clubs.

Sophomore year has given us the chance to take advantage of so many amazing opportunities that are open to us, without the pressure of worrying about the future. You see, as sophomores we no longer have to worry about all of the new things the high school brings, and we don’t yet have to worry about all of the new things that preparing for college will bring. A very nice middle, if you ask me!

Growing up in Greenwich I have met a lot of people who have wasted so much time stressing over colleges and other things prematurely. But this is the time to enjoy being young (as my parents would say), without worrying about colleges and the future. We have a whole two other years to for that. So I think that this year will be a very interesting one. As every mom would tell you, each child is special in their own way — even the middle one.

 

Lizzy Trotta is a sophomore at Greenwich High School.

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