Freshmen adjusting to high school during pandemic

The freshman class is adjusting to Cactus Shadows. During the 2020-2021 school year during a pandemic with the aid of upperclassmen and teachers.

“I think the freshmen have adjusted remarkably well because it is hard enough to come to school being a freshman let alone under these strange circumstances,” Denis Day, history teacher.

Making the transition from middle school to high school is hard enough, but having to see all of your peers, friends, and teachers through a computer screen for so long before the schools opened for in person learning was a struggle for many students. This school year has been challenging for everyone, but this class of high school freshmen who have started high school in a very unique year, are adjusting well and glad to be back.

“I definitely look forward to making good friends that I will have for the rest of my life and just starting a new chapter in my life,” Justin Merola, Freshman.

Even though the situation is rough, many freshmen have a positive outlook in spite of the circumstances. By bringing that positivity to this situation they have not only concurred some of the stress relating to this year, but are having a better experience at school.

“Doing online was definitely weird and stressful for me because everyone changed and grew up so drastically during that transition from middle school to high school,” Gina Fabbri, Freshman.

Online was different compared to in-person schooling and is something most kids have never experienced before. Having to learn how to manage their education, routine, and schedule on their own can become a struggle. Causing the student more stress.

“Even with all the precautions in place, COVID-19 outbreaks within schools are still likely,” states Beth Duff-Brown, The communications manager for the Center for Health Policy/Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research.

Even though It is hard to know what the future holds for the freshman at Cactus Shadows, many are keeping a positive mindset and are hoping for the best.