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By Serena Bernal, Metea Valley 

Today, August 23rd, 2016, was the first day of my junior year. That’s insane to me, because I’m now halfway through my high school career. I’m halfway through what some people call the best years of their life, and halfway through what some people call the worst years of their life. But, going to school after a long, relaxing summer was kind of shocking. I forgot what an educational environment was like, and I remembered both why I love school, and why I hate school. So, here are my pros and cons of the first day of school.


1) You have an excuse to wear a cute outfit
It takes me at least an hour the night before school to decide what I’m going to wear. Should I go fancy? Casual? In the middle? In all honesty, no one but yourself notices what you’re wearing, because everyone is so hyper about it being the first day of school. Nonetheless, it’s nice to get up in the morning and put on an outfit that makes me feel confident.

2) You get to meet new people
My school is huge, so each year I get the opportunity to meet people that I’ve never even seen in the hallways before. Which means I get to make new friends and new memories, which is always really cool. Finding out you have things in common with new people is always reassuring, because you know that you’ll have someone to talk to during the tough parts of class.

3) You have a chance to start fresh
Maybe your previous year didn’t go as planned, and maybe you made some mistakes along the way. Whether that be with your GPA or with other aspects of your life, the first day of school gives you a fresh slate. It’s kind of like how on New Year’s Day, when everyone attempts to reinvent themselves, except this time, you’ll have the motivation to make your resolution stick.

4) You have all new school supplies
If you are anything like me, office supplies are your favorite thing in the entire world. I love buying new colored pens and fresh highlighters. It makes me so happy to open a fresh notebook and use a freshly sharpened pencil. It shows me that I have my life together, even if it’s just for a few days.


1) You have to have forced conversations with your classmates
Don’t get me wrong, I love meeting new people. But sometimes, conversations are just plain awkward. You feel compelled to talk to the person sitting next to you and make a fair impression, but conversation dies within a few minutes. Especially if you can tell that you and the person you’re talking with wouldn’t be compatible as friends, everything is about 5 times worse.

2) Teachers make painful jokes to seem cool.
Teachers, bless their souls, always make the most uncomfortable jokes at the beginning of class. I’m not sure if they actually think they are funny or if they just want to test the waters, but I rarely find that give a genuine laugh. Of course, in order to get on the teacher’s good side, the class will give a fake chuckle or grunt of approval. At the end of the day though, no one enjoys the weird pop culture references in math class.

3) You have to play ice-breakers
I would seriously like to sit down with the educator who first deemed ice-breakers as helpful. They are some of the most unenthusiastic, tedious, and mundane activities I’ve ever endured. If you’ve never played ice-breakers, consider yourself lucky, but essentially they are “get to know you games”. I played at least 5 different ice-breakers today, and each time I sweat buckets from nervousness. The whole point of the games are to get comfortable with the class, but I promise you, I’m far from comfort during those activities.

4) You have to navigate your school
Like I said, my school is pretty big. Even though this is my third year at my high school, I still forget where certain classrooms are, so it’s always tough trying to remember which staircase to go up or which side of the school I should be at. Not only that, but it’s hard to figure out what the shortcuts to each class are, so you’re stuck taking the long way until you get navigation down to a science.

All in all though, my first day of school wasn’t as bad as I made it seem. It was most definitely an interesting experience, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t excited for school tomorrow. I know that these next few days are going to be weird, trying to get back into the habit of school and waking up early and all the like. Until I get used to it though, I guess I’ll just have to tough it out, but please, no more ice-breakers.

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About Serena Bernal

Serena Bernal is a Junior at Metea Valley High School. She loves to write about the world around her and is always eager to learn from her experiences.

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