In this post, I will be interviewing the eighth graders Emma Lands, Natasha Phillips, Carrie Love, Abby McDonald, Tatum Tatman, and a partial interview with Gracieanne Gray about their thoughts and feelings on going into high school next school year.
What are you looking forward to in high school?
Natasha: Meeting new people and having fun
Carrie: All of the electives
Abby: College Credit Plus
Tatum: The clubs
Emma: The classes
Gracieanne: The new experiences. Also getting to make new friends, and possibly watching the football games.
What are your feeling on going into highschool?
Natasha: Kind of scared, nervous, and a little excited
Carrie: Excited for new experiences, and kind of nervous
Abby: Nervous, but happy about the new classes, teachers, and people
Tatum: Scared, but I’m not totally sure
Emma: Excited, I can’t wait!
Gracieanne: Really nervous, but also excited. I guess you could call it ‘nervcited’, as my sister would call it
Any particular classes/teachers you’re looking foward to?
Natasha: Music History, especially since I love music!
Carrie: Advanced choir, and foundations
Abby: Web and introduction to photoshop
Tatum: English (which I really like), and Drama Club
Emma: Mr. Beavers, because I’ve heard good things about him. Also my siblings have had him and they say good things about him as well.
Gracieanne: Not exactly classes, but I’m excited for this one Social Studies teacher… I can’t exactly remember their name though
Do you have any older siblings, and if so, what are their perspectives/comments on high school?
Natasha: (no older siblings)
Carrie: (no older siblings)
Abby: I have two older brothers, and I’ve heard from them that the first year you should just go with the flow and don’t be too uptight. Also, take things seriously
Tatum: (no older siblings)
Emma: I have an older brother and sister. When my brother was in high school he, uh, hated it. But my older sister is in it now and she pretty much likes it.
How do you feel about leaving McDowell? Is there anything you’ll miss?
Natasha: I’m scared to leave, but also excited. I’ll miss Mrs. Ross, since she is a great science teacher, and also Mrs. Shaw’s room full of books!
Carrie: There’s not anything in particular
Abby: I have has good and bad memories here. I’ll miss the teachers and the environment. Mrs. Schaal, Mrs. Helsel, and Mrs. McGuire have helped me a lot.
Tatum: I’ll miss creative writing since there is none at the high school. I don’t really want to leave McDowell.
Emma: There is nothing I think I’ll miss, and I’m actually glad to leave. McDowell is better than intermediate school, but I can’t wait for high school.
What do you think about your upcoming years being your last years of school (except for possibly college)?
Natasha: It’s kind of sad, because I probably won’t see my friends nearly as much. They have become part of my life.
Carrie: It’s exciting, getting prepared for the “outside life”. My endgoal is to be a teacher or counselor
Abby: I’m going to miss all of this, but it is also exciting. I’m excited to move away from all of these cornfields
Tatum: It’s sad, because when you think about it, it’s just like Wait, there are only four more years?!
Emma: It’s upsetting, because I don’t really want to go out on my own. It’s kind of crazy because I’m pretty young, but in four years I’ll be off to college!
Is this transition a milestone, or just another school year for you?
Natasha: A little in the middle
Carrie: It’s a milestone. Things are starting to get more serious
Abby: A milestone. We’re leaving the smaller things behind
Tatum: Pretty much in between
Emma: Definitely a milestone
Any advice for the seventh graders going into eighth grade?
Natasha: Always have your homework ready, and put effort into everything. It’ll pay off
Carrie: Be nice to your teachers
Abby: Don’t procrastinate things, make sure to do your homework, and study for your tests. Keep your close friends with you
Tatum: Not really, just make sure to do your work and you’ll get better grades
Emma: Eighth grade is a lot better, for me at least
Thank you so much, eighth graders, for putting forth your effort to make it this far and be successful in school. The people of McDowell will miss you guys, and we wish you the best of luck in high school!
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