(Copyright 2000. The Tattoo. All rights reserved.)

The Tattoo

--- Making a Permanent Impression Since 1994 ---


August 21, 2000

Freshman fears revealed

By Franco Garzone

The Tattoo

Going into high school can be exciting, scary, or just plain
old confusing. You may be a person with such good grades
that you're just fearless and can't wait for high school.

However if you're like me, youíre probably thinking to
yourself, "Where in the world do I go from here?" I, myself,
am kind of worried going into ninth grade because I'm afraid
I wonít be able to handle high school.

First off, the place is huge and the people are, too. At least
they're huge compared to me.

You can't expect to have too many friends because as a
freshman you're at the bottom of the social food chain. You
come out of middle school the oldest group of kids there and
going all the way back to square one feels like a strange

To be honest I am hoping that I don't open my mouth at the
wrong time or do some thing of that nature, because I don't
want to get beaten up or embarrass myself beyond recovery.

One thing I am happy about is that the high school I am
going to is practically in my backyard. If I need to get  here
for some kind of after school activity I can just ride my bike.

One other reason I am worried about high school is that it's
something that I'll really have to take seriously. I'm not good
at being serious.

As my father has repeatedly told me, when you're in high
school everything counts from day one.

I am hoping I can take high school seriously enough to
maintain good grades, because if everything else
goes and my grades are lousy (which won't happen) Iím
dead, or at least I'll be as good as that once my parents find
out. Specifically when my dad does.

The only other thing I'm worried about is that things will
move too quickly for me in high school, and I'll be left
behind like a kid on a field trip with his class on the subway.
I fear that if I blink, I'll miss something important.

It is totally my decision, though, whether or not to stay
organized and attentive in high school. I know this.

So I'm sure you can tell that I'm not delighted to go into a
place where the people are bigger, stronger, and smarter than
me, but it will hopefully turn out to be the most interesting
and fun experience of my

I do believe, however, that it's all up to me.