The Fishbowl

Haleigh Brown & Isabella Berthel
We've heard of them, we've seen them and we've been them - Fish. So here are the thoughts from the life of two of our very own TCA freshmen.
Walking in the doors to the high school on the first day of freshman year, students think that there are many reasons to feel intimidated. A new year means new classes, new subjects and new teachers to adjust to, and those are just the basics. Factor in upperclassmen, a new two story building, and the looming presence of college, and freshmen are met with a whirlwind of emotions that range from eager to apprehensive. In the months before, freshmen are peppered with advice and encouragement from friends, siblings, and friends with siblings until they almost feel prepared. Middle school teachers assure them they are more than ready, and parents go on about how high school was the prime of their lives and encourage them to get excited. Without warning, the first day of school hits and nerves intensify. Luckily, when they arrive in the upper school, they already know other students in the building because of sports, fine arts, and classes during the summer.  After three months of being in the high school, the freshmen are adjusted to the larger building and the slightly more hectic schedule. It is extremely helpful for freshmen to have guidance in high school through advisors and DIGs leaders who help them manage the ins and outs of upper school life. Teachers understand that freshmen have a lot to handle week to week, so they do their best to balance to the workload. Freshmen love the privileges and freedom that the high school offers. For example, ten-minute passing periods instead of five, which allows for smooth transitions and removes some of the stress from the day, and buying a treat at Big Blue after lunch. Even eating in the Lower School cafeteria is great because there is a break from the hustle and bustle of the high school. Although privileges come with a heightened sense of responsibility, they allow freshman a taste of what life might be like in the future. Despite the increased academic demands and the hint of intimidation, high school exceeds most expectations freshmen had, they can’t wait to keep moving up in the next three years to come.
 
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Trinity Christian Academy is a private coeducational school for grades PreK–12 which offers Christian families and their children a demanding, college preparatory curriculum within a Christian community committed to integrating Biblical faith and learning.