CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The ninth grade is without a doubt the hardest time for a teenager. Starting high school is a very awkward and sometimes frightening process. Now that teens have had a chance to settle in, what have freshmen thought of their first six weeks of high school?
"I was extremely nervous about high school," said Christina Westfall of George Washington High School. "I'm a very shy person at first and hate trying to make new friends or fit in. The homework and tests, along with the layout of the school, were my main concerns."
Chrissy Jackson, also a GW student, wasn't too nervous about starting school, though she echoed her classmate's sentiments on the school's layout. "It's a huge school. I was just concerned about learning my way around."
Herbert Hoover High School freshman Amber Ward said she expected high school to be easy if she maintained a "go with the flow" philosophy.
"I just kind of thought that if I had an attitude like that I wouldn't have to worry about all the judgmental things, such as what you wear, the price tag on your clothes or anything," she explained.
However, in hindsight, she admitted it's not that simple. Still school isn't all bad.
"It's not as hard as I thought it would be," she said.
Jackson said she enjoys the freedom high school brings. "I like that [the faculty] isn't as strict. We can wear what we want without getting yelled at by an administrator, and we don't have to go to lunch if we don't want to. It's just a lot more loose."
Westfall said she most enjoys her new classic films class. "Films have always been fascinating, especially the more classic and unusual ones. We do a lot of essay work, which I think will help advance my writing, social and speaking skills."
High school isn't all roses, though. The freshmen have found some negative aspects.