I don’t think I’ve posted on this blog since the middle of eighth grade. A lot of things have happened since. It’s the summer before my freshman year. I’m starting high school in August. I’m starting high school in August. I’M STARTING HIGH SCHOOL IN AUGUST. It’s still hard to believe. It feels like I should be starting sixth grade, it really does. I’m not a baby anymore. I’m fourteen.
And for my first year of high school, I’ve taken on quite a few responsibilities. I’m freshman class president. Well, technically. My friend Colt is going to be co-president with me and we’re going to share the work load. I think being co-presidents will be so much easier, just because I’m going to be doing so much next year. Colt and I have to come up with a class t-shirt. I have no idea what I’m going to do yet.
On top of that, I have marching band. I have to memorize my music, march in the Fourth of July Parade, attend two weeks of band camp in July, and have just about every single Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday night tied up until some time in November. Oh, and competitions on Saturdays. Thankfully, I have friends in the band and color guard.
Choir. I’m going to be in mixed choir, and I want to be in show choir as soon as I can. (mixed choir is a prerequisite for show choir.)
Acting For Life. Every year in middle school, this group of high school kids came and they put on a little skit for us that basically acted out reasons why we shouldn’t drink excessively, smoke, or do drugs. And in eighth grade, they came again, and explained to the incoming freshman that if we wanted to be a part of the group, we had to go sign up. So I did. Why not? We have to sign a contract that says we won’t drink, smoke, or do drugs while we’re a part of the group. I don’t plan on doing any of those things, so it shouldn’t be too difficult for me to withold the contract.
I’m still in RISE, which means I still have Future Problem Solving and everything, but I have to be at the high school at six AM to have RISE because in high school, there’s no time for RISE during the school day.
Honors classes. I’m taking Honors Algebra and Honors Geometry (we have to take two math classes because Tennessee is a year and a half behind academically -.-) and Advanced English 9. I have a summer reading project to read To Kill A Mockingbird and make some kind of display board about it. I’ll have to look at the instructions again to be sure.
Personally, a lot of things have changed, too. I have a new boyfriend, a couple of my close friends have drifted, and I’ve made a ton of new friends. I feel like I’ve changed quite a bit over the past few months, almost like I’ve grown up a little. Maybe being so involved in my school has made me feel like I’m a part of something important, instead of just another one of Robertson County’s TCAP guinea pigs.
Speaking of TCAP, the class of 2014 was bombarded with TCAP testing during the 2009-2010 school year. We had an entire week of practice TCAP, a week of actual TCAP, and after that we had to take last year’s TCAP. I think that’s a bit much, don’t you?
Oh well. I’m going to high school now, the land of opportunities. I have so many different options now. I feel like I’m finally going to get treated like a fourteen year old, and not a four year old. Middle school is over. My teacher doesn’t have to lead the class to lunch in a single-file line anymore. I don’t have to sit in a cafeteria with just my grade. I get to interact with kids older than me. Kids that are graduating and going off to college.
In four years, I’m going to be eighteen years old. I’ll graduate high school and go to college. It’s amazing, scary, and exciting all at the same time.
Wish me luck.