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.