Ridge­wood High School sopho­more pre­pares for the year ahead


Lil­lie Kloak of Ridge­wood talks about en­ter­ing her sopho­more year of high school

As I get ready to be­gin my sec­ond year of high school, I think back on this time last year. My friends and I started talk­ing about our out­fits in mid-Au­gust at soc­cer prac­tice and won­dered if we would ever see each other in the huge halls of Ridge­wood High School.

My brother took me for a tour one night and showed me the dreaded base­ment lock­ers that usu­ally go to fresh­men. (Yup, I got one.) It was with some trep­i­da­tion, fear and a leap of faith that I en­tered high school. As the youngest of four, I heard a lot about high school – the crowds, the so­cial stuff – and I knew I would have more home­work, pa­pers and projects to do. What I didn’t know and ac­tu­ally never thought about was how busy I would be. I didn’t have too much time to be scared. I found my big­gest chal­lenge was bal­anc­ing my school­work, so­cial life and sports. I quickly dis­cov­ered that I had to make some choices about how I spent my time.

Home­work is a pri­or­ity; my chal­lenge is find­ing enough time to do it. I play three sports so I try to plan my time each week, es­pe­cially if I have a pro­ject, test or pa­per due. I know this year I will be bet­ter pre­pared and or­ga­nized. It took some get­ting used to the de­mands, but I am more con­fi­dent as a sopho­more than a fresh­man. My friends are im­por­tant to me so I want to have time to hang out and catch up with them. We never seem to have enough time at lunch to talk about ev­ery­thing. Of course, tex­ting helps but its al­ways bet­ter to hang out. I also have a dog that I love, so I want to spend some time with him. Oh yeah, and then there’s my two older broth­ers, sis­ter and mom and dad. When ev­ery­one is home from col­lege, the house gets crazy but re­ally fun.

For me, my aca­demics, my sports and my fam­ily and friends are most im­por­tant in my life. What I am find­ing out as I get older is that hav­ing a good bal­ance of all three helps me keep it all to­gether and is ac­tu­ally less stress­ful than if I just fo­cus on one. Some­times I have to slow down and take some time for my­self.

I am ex­cited and happy to be­gin my sopho­more year. I am tak­ing some new and in­ter­est­ing classes. I am look­ing for­ward to be­ing a mem­ber of the Ridge­wood Academy of Health Pro­fes­sion­als (RAHP). The year will be chal­leng­ing and maybe stress­ful at times but I will try to keep it all in bal­ance and take one day at a time.

LOOK­ING AHEAD With the ini­tial ad­just­ment pe­riod over af­ter fresh­men year, nav­i­gat­ing the rest of high school can be eas­ier.

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