Seniors Reflect on Maturing Over High School Years

By Julia Galdamez

During a child’s adolescent years they go through major changes in their life. They go through the transition of middle school to high school, a change in their bodies, surroundings, teachers, and in their peers. They change mentalities in just one summer, between middle school and high school. How about the change throughout high school, from fall of one year to the spring 4 years later?

Art teacher, Jill Hurley, says “as students mature they do projects without being told and they do them more independently, like my art 3-4 class. While in the underclass art periods, like art 1 and sometimes art 2, I have to babysit them and walk them through every detail.”

Kathy Arnold, teacher at Whetstone, teaches both freshman and seniors. She says that there is a huge difference between the two classes. Arnold says that obviously seniors are more mature but they are also more goal-oriented, she says, “They are more concerned about their futures,” as well they should, being that college is right around the corner and graduation less than 3 months away.

Senior, Brian Thompson, say he has definitely changed throughout his time here at Whetstone. Thompson says, “I was really just playing around, everything was a joke and high school was a new experience. But now it’s like this is what determines my future. It’s more serious than it’s ever been, because its decisions for the rest of your life.”

When do the major changes in maturity happen? Mrs. Arnold says, “The huge difference [that I see] is the summer between freshman and sophomore year. When they come in as freshman they are very young and naïve, but then they are exposed to everything.” She says that freshman come in and they think they know everything while seniors will let teachers talk to them, inspire them, or help them when help is needed.

When you’re new to high school students think it is funny and cool to be disrespectful, but as English teacher, Mr. Radde, says “don’t burn bridges now.” Brian Thompson says, “I didn’t respect teachers jobs but now I’ve grown older to understand they help us in life and we wouldn’t get anywhere without them.” Ben Smith, Whetstone senior says “be respectful to your teachers, it’s their job, they are responsible for you and if you mess that up then they get in trouble with their bosses.”

Growing up and being treated like an adult may seem great but Whetstone Senior Alex Saha says, “I used to want to grow up and now I want to stay here.” Underclass students don’t realize how scary the real world is after high school. As you get older you realize how good they really have it here at Whetstone.

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