"I dislike our schedule layout," Westfall said. "Most of my core classes are after lunch, so I really have to book it to get everything I need and still get to class on time."
Meanwhile, Ward said she doesn't enjoy the way students judge their peers on their appearance. "It's like if you're not a perfect Barbie doll, then you don't fit in. And to me, that's just a load of crap. People come in all different shapes and sizes."
She said she doesn't feel like such judgment was a problem in middle school.
"Nobody really cared, as long as they were having fun," she said. "But now that high school has arrived, their perspective totally flipped."
Both Jackson and Westfall are in honor classes. They agree that the classes are definitely harder than what they're used to.
"[High school] is more work and studying than anything. I've studied more in these last few weeks than I have my whole life," Westfall said. "But I like a challenge."
"High school is full of the different stereotypes and judgmental people that I expected," said Ward, though she noted that, on the plus side, it also offers the freedom of expression she anticipated.
"But I'm glad to be in high school, and I hope to make a difference," she added.
On the contrary, Westfall said high school isn't what she expected at all -- and that's a good thing.
"I haven't been bullied, and I have a lot of upperclassmen friends," she said. "But I'm still very nervous about high school, and I'm anxious about advancing."