By Victoria Tian

Granted, all four years of high school are arduous, but freshman year just might be the worst of them all. The summer before high school, you’re probably like this:

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Let’s be real. From the various portrayals of the high school experience immortalized in pop culture, you have been influenced to be more like this:

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On the first day of school, you are still determined to show off the real, cool you and impress all of your peers. This is your chance to start off on a clean slate.

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Unfortunately, you end up doing a lot of awkward things that may elicit some of these reactions:

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So much for first impressions.

After a while of this, you decide that you would happier just fitting into one clique instead of trying to please the entire student body. This plan doesn’t quite work out, though.

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You finally decide to give it one last try…

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And wind up eating lunch in the bathroom.

Meanwhile, every day, you are thrust into classes that force you to utilize territories of your brain that you never even knew existed in middle school. WHAT ARE ALL OF THESE NUMBERS AND WHAT DO THEY MEAN?!?!

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And your new teachers aren’t really helping that much, either.

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There’s only one thing left to do…

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When you come home, the place where there should be a brief respite, there are still piles of homework waiting to be done. So much for all of those cool after-school plans you made.

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Not to mention all this new studying you have to do. What happened to those middle school cram sessions? Your grades, that’s what.

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But no matter how much time and effort you put into the books, those tests still leave you like:

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And getting your report card isn’t exactly a pleasant experience. You try to explain your side to your parents, and when they react with a lecture about your future, you attempt to defend yourself.

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But then, one day, you finally get an unexpectedly good grade, and you’re like:

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THINGS ARE GETTING BETTER! IT’S ABOUT TIME!

Unfortunately, you may have been neglecting some very important things while achieving your academic goals…such as clothes. By the beginning of November, you’ve probably made some very interesting fashion choices.

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When the thought crosses your mind, though, you just wave it away.

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By now, you’ve actually made a couple of friends who don’t even care about that stuff anymore.

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Yay for your new social life!

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But now, another obstacle comes along…THE STANDARDIZED TEST.

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After that’s over, you don’t bother putting in an effort anymore.

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On the last day of school, there are no words to describe how excited you feel.

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One year down, another three more to go.

Victoria Tian is a high school freshman who lives in New Jersey. When she is not complaining about the first world problems of her life, Victoria can be found reading, playing the flute, and drawing. She truly believes in the power of the written word and aspires to be a better writer.



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