The Freshman Experience: Expectations vs. Reality


Davi De Oliveira

The class of 2026 are the future of Thomas Worthington High School; their perseverance and expectations will determine how well TWHS will develop over the years. Often freshmen have many different expectations going into high school, but those opinions change after the year starts.

The students’ cosmovision changes in different stages of life. Normally, expectations and challenges in high school tend to be different from reality. 

“My expectations were that highschool was hard and a lot of work. Yes, it can be a lot of work at times but if you pay attention in class it can be really easy,” freshman Eli Hall said .

The students’ choices will be pivotal in their future and the future of our school. The students are the most important factor of a good environment, it all depends on them. It is important that these students create environments where people with common interests feel safe and comfortable, and clubs and sports are an example of that.

“It is very fun to be around other high schoolers that enjoy the same sport that I do,” said Keagen Crowley, who was involved in different sports such as soccer, hockey, and golf.

Freshman year is always the year when students have to start preparing themselves for doing things that will get them to college. Their commitment to doing things that will get in to college during freshman year will dictate how motivated they will be to do those things in the next few years.

“Yes, I’m planning to go to college,” said Thuan Do, a freshman at TWHS. “I’ll try to get there, I will mostly do anything for it”. 

High school and college are experiences that are valuable, not just for careers and for diplomas, but because of the moments that these students will experience and the knowledge they will gain. 

“I am hoping to earn a scholarship, learn new things and meet new people,” Hall said.

However, motivation is nothing if you don’t have the effort. The class of 2026 understands that if they don’t do it themselves, nobody is going to do it for them.

“I want to go to college, I need to turn in my work on time and put in my best effort to set myself up for success,” Crowley said.

However, the senior class, reflecting on their time often have different things to say now that their time to graduate is near.

“Get involved!” senior Mike Dray said. “Try to keep your freshman GPA up so it sets a precedent for success”.

Others give more social advice: “Be yourself,” Senior Drew Schwitzgebel reflects, “and don’t care what others say.”