Eighth-graders share thoughts on entering high school


Erik Weems

Rising ninth-graders share their opinion on attending high schools Chantilly (pictured above), Oakton, Southlakes, Westfield and Herndon next school year.

Keely Wen, Writer

Eighth-grade RCMS students are feeling excited but anxious about the transition into high school in fall of 2021, as middle school comes to an end. 

“I have mixed emotions, but I am mainly excited,” says RCMS eighth-grader Zoey Guardino.

Rachel Carson branches off into five different high schools: Chantilly, Oakton, South Lakes, Westfield and Herndon. 

Some students are worried, not knowing what to expect. 

“I’m kind of nervous,” says RCMS eighth-grader Aastha Doshi. “I feel like there is a lot more responsibility, grades, classes matter more.”

RCMS eighth-grader Adithiya Balaguru says the transfer from middle school into high school has always been a bit daunting for him at first sight; however, he has overcome various obstacles during the pandemic which has led him to feel more relaxed and prepared. 

“From talking with some of my older friends, it has become clear to me that the workload in high school isn’t light. To handle it, I am planning to prioritize each task and stay up to date, in essence, not procrastinate,” he said.

Throughout the year, teachers and counselors have been preparing eighth-grade students for what is to come in high school by providing guidance, tips, and what high school teachers might look for.

“You’re having another transition. It can be hard and scary, but having confidence in yourself and being organized, you will do great transitioning to high school,” says RCMS counselor Mrs. Beth Schires.

There are also numerous opportunities to look forward to in all high schools, including various sport participation, a wider range of electives, and attending live events.

“I am excited to venture out and meet new people,” says Zoey. “I am a little anxious to be in a new environment with different people. Branching out and not being around the people I’ve grown used to having by my side will be a minor challenge.”

Mrs. Schires says the most important thing about meeting others is to “be you and real.” It is extremely difficult to maintain a fake status in high school and in general; be friends with those who you have a real connection and common interests with.

“High school is full of wonderful opportunities,” she says. “Don’t sit back and let these opportunities pass you by. Embrace them, learn from them, and take advantage of them.”