After attending Pueblo West High School for three years, I have accumulated information that will help you survive it.
1. Never cut in line for lunch. If your friends are towards the front, please do not go and just slide in. If you do cut, you will not make the hungry upperclassmen happy. Five more minutes of waiting is not that big of a deal.
2. I highly recommend joining a club or sport because once you are in one, you will begin to feel more apart of the school. You will also meet people with the same interests. This method is an easy way to create friendships.
3. Enjoy yourselves by attending events such as sports games or dances. Football games are huge for our school and when many people attend it to cheer on the team, you will feel the excitement in the air. Football isn’t the only sport game that you should attend. Our high school is known for excelling in sports, and because of this, you should be open to attending a tennis match, a baseball game, a soccer game, and even a lacrosse game. Supporting your fellow classmates is always a great feeling, and you will never be bored. There are three dances you will be allowed to attend. They are Sirwest, Homecoming, and Morp. It isn’t required to have a date at any of the
dances, so take a group of friends and enjoy.
4. Usually when going to class, the halls are crowded. To help yourself and the people around, do not stop in the middle of the hall to socialize. A few places around the school that are perfect to stop to talk during passing period are under the DECA stairs, below the titanic stairs, the space closest to the windows on the top floor by the titanic stairs, the lunchroom, and usually the spot right across from the deca stairs, either on the first or second floor.
5. Keep a balance between schoolwork and your social life. If you let too much school work build up, you will stress, but if you spend too much time with friends, it will distract you from what is important for school.
6. There have been quite a few movies that depict “the average high school stereotype”; however those movies are false. You don’t have to be in a certain sport or clique to belong in high school. Be open to making new friendships, and don’t be shy to talk to
someone. Also, don’t be afraid of upperclassmen. When I was a freshman, I made several friendships with the sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Again, sports and clubs helped create these friendships.
High school is like a shopping cart. What you put in is what you get out of it. So, enjoy yourself, but also keep an eye on what is important. Good luck!