And so comes the 2018-2019 school year.
The MTHS community is seeing a handful of changes this school year, like an increase in base teacher pay, the introduction of new staff members, moving our football division to 2A and more. It’s hard for an incoming freshman to adjust to this whole new environment, but it’s not exactly easy for a returning student either.
Instead of fearing the changes we’ll encounter in the coming months, we should view these changes as opportunities to grow.
Take the MTHS staff changes, for example. This year, we welcome 17 new staff and four returning staff. Five current staff now have different positions at MTHS.
Despite being a senior, I know I’ll have trouble connecting teacher to classroom to subject, since there are so many transitions in our staff. On the other hand, these changes mean I’ll have many more chances to learn about the people who compose our community and can share stories with them.
We might have strained relationships with certain teachers after being tardy and making too many excuses for late assignments. We might have strong relationships with certain teachers after being genuinely invested in the class subject and leaning on them for extra support. In the end, though, all these teachers help us achieve and progress in life.
Right now, you might not know your exact friend groups, career paths or passions. You also might not know how you could have an impact, whether it’s on another classmate, a close friend, a teacher, the community or even the world. It all starts with taking a few minutes to talk to someone else, which is the first step to building a relationship and discovering yourself.
I encourage everyone, from freshmen to seniors to staff, to step out of their comfort zone and to connect with someone. Really, it’s the sweet little things that make high school so much more enjoyable.