Wilton heads back to school today.

School has finally started up again. Amidst all the new pencils, figuring out class schedules, and early morning alarms, there’s also the first impressions students have of school. Of course, newbies to the school will have the most new thoughts, more so than kids who have been there in years past.

To find out those opinions, GMW.com’s student contributor, WHS sophomore Caroline Wilson, interviewed six freshmen (three boys and three girls). In addition, she spoke with two members from each upperclass grade (10th, 11th, and 12th), and asked them to give WHS freshmen some advice and to share their own freshman year recollections.

What’s more, she asked all the students she interviewed to share one thing that they thought parents don’t know about Wilton High School.

FRESHMEN

Dylan Flanagan

GMW:  How is your first week going?

DF:  It’s good. I really like the school.

GMW:  What are some things that were different than what you had expected about WHS?

DF:  I really had no idea how big the school was going to be. When I showed up I thought I would get lost but I found my way in a short time.

GMW:  What is something you think parents don’t know about WHS?

DF:  I think parents don’t know how many chances WHS offers, with electives and clubs, to set up the knowledge for the career that you want.

Lily Kealy

GMW:  How is your first week going?

LK:  I’ve had an awesome first week and I’ve been enjoying the transition from middle school to high school!

GMW:  What are some things that were different than what you had expected about WHS?

LK:  I didn’t realize that I’d have that much freedom. Also, the food selection at the high school is far better than that at Middlebrook.

GMW:  What is something you think parents don’t know about WHS?

LK:  I don’t think parents realize that WHS isn’t just about academics. There are so many extracurricular activities and sports that everyone can get involved in.

Connor Wright

GMW:  How is your first week going?

CW:  It’s been good. Easier than I’d thought it would be.

GMW:  What are some things that were different than what you had expected about WHS?

CW:  I thought the halls would be less crowded and that there was going to be more homework in the first week.

GMW:  What is something you think parents don’t know about WHS?

CW:  I think most parents don’t know about how their kids act and behave in school compared to what they say and do at home.

Arden Lee

GMW:  How is your first week going?

AL:  My first week went really well, I got lost a few times though because some places look exactly the same.

GMW:  What are some things that were different than what you had expected about WHS?

AL:  I thought that maybe I’d have a free period so I could go to the library or something, but it turned out that they changed our study halls so we have to stay in our classrooms.

GMW:  What is something you think parents don’t know about WHS?

AL:  I don’t really know, I haven’t really come across anything.

Anthony Calderone

GMW:  How is your first week going?

AC:  It went well and I was able to become acquainted to the school in no time.

GMW:  What are some things that were different than what you had expected about WHS?

AC:  I didn’t know about the lunch schedules and I also didn’t know about study halls being in classrooms.

GMW:  What is something you think parents don’t know about WHS?

AC:  I don’t think parents are aware that WHS offers something called flex for students with IEPs that call for it. In Flex you are able to get schoolwork done and talk to guidance counselors that help with all kinds of things from social issues to homeworks.

Grace Bronner

GMW:  How is your first week going?

GB:  The first week of high school was a little stressful at first because it was such a big change. Although, by the end of the week I got more comfortable! I was already familiar with how the schedule worked because I have an older sister who is a junior. I definitely like it much better than Middlebrook!

GMW:  What are some things that were different than what you had expected about WHS?

GB:  Although I expected that I would get an awful locker as a freshman, I actually got a great one! It’s on the first floor next to the main entrance. I was so nervous about that! Also, I thought that I would have more time in between my classes to go to my locker to take out books, but I found out that I only have four minutes to get to each class. I now have to plan ahead about what books I need for each class so I don’t have to go back to my locker. That is a big change from Middlebrook!

GMW:  What is something you think parents don’t know about WHS?

GB:  Being in a setting with kids up to four years older than their child can make parents nervous. I think that a lot of parents don’t realize how welcoming and kind the upperclassmen are! High school is a great opportunity to make friends with people from other grades through sports and clubs. I have upperclassmen friends through cheerleading. Parents are not used to their kids being with kids who are a lot older, but they don’t understand that WHS is one big community!

SOPHOMORES

Connor Dzurilla

GMW:  What one piece of advice would you give to incoming freshmen?

CD:  I would tell them to always be respectful of the older students and teachers, and not to come in and act like they own the place.

GMW:  Use a few words to describe your first few weeks as a freshman.

CD:  Sucky, weird and meh.

GMW:  What is something you think parents don’t know about WHS?

CD:  They probably don’t know how difficult it is to go through high school and the challenges one faces growing up. Granted, parents have already gone through but this is a new era that is totally different than theirs.

Lacey Eller

GMW:  What one piece of advice would you give to incoming freshmen?

LE:  I would say to make sure you self-advocate because you don’t get as much individual attention.

GMW:  Use a few words to describe your first few weeks as a freshman.

LE:  Overwhelming, freedom, excitement

GMW:  What is something you think parents don’t know about WHS?

LE:  My parents don’t know about the $150 fee for the senior parking lot.

JUNIORS

Junaid Huq

GMW:  What one piece of advice would you give to incoming freshmen?

JH:  Always do your homework.

GMW:  Use a few words to describe your first few weeks as a freshman.

JH:  Fun, exciting, easy.

GMW:  What is something you think parents don’t know about WHS?

JH:  I think the thing that parents don’t fully understand is the whole schedule of the students. It is very difficult to understand the day cycle of the schedule, the periods of the schedule, what each class represents.

Ali Purvis

GMW:  What one piece of advice would you give to incoming freshmen?

AP:  I would say start a club or sport as a freshman that you plan to stick with for your next four years. It’s a great way to meet new people, especially upperclassmen. It’s also fun each year to welcome the new freshman and it opens the door for you as a senior or junior to get a position of leadership, like the president of a club or captain of a sports team.

GMW:  Use a few words to describe your first few weeks as a freshman.

AP:  Confusing, exciting, freedom

GMW:  What is something you think parents don’t know about WHS?

AP:  I’d say parents don’t understand how much pressure there is on students in the whs. It’s important to use weekends and vacations as a break so you don’t get burnt out before senior year.

SENIORS

Elliot Connors

GMW:  What advice would you give to incoming freshman?

EC:  NEVER join a club or do an activity for college; do it because you are passionate. I know this sounds trite but it is absolutely true–high school is the time to find your passion not do things to get into school. Besides, colleges will see right through an activity that you are not truly passionate about.

GMW:  Use a few words to describe your first few weeks as a freshman.

EC:  Exciting, disorienting, compelling, tiring

GMW:  What is something you think parents don’t know about WHS?

EC:  The teachers, administrators, faculty are there to help students, they’ve made it their life’s work. They’re only humans, they can’t be perfect–please remember that–but across the board they are extremely helpful, intelligent, and passionate about students’ success.

Brooke Jonsson

GMW:  What one piece of advice would you give to incoming freshmen?

BJ:  Make sure that you get all of your work done on time from the start of the school year. Teachers really like to see that you are diligent about getting work done and that you take their class seriously.

GMW:  Use a few words to describe your first few weeks as a freshman.

BJ:  Exciting, fun, and a little bit scary

GMW:  What is something you think parents don’t know about WHS?

BJ:  You have to really advocate for yourself because the teachers won’t always be checking in on you and making sure you understand the material.  You have to approach them and ask for help when you need it. The teachers will never deny you help.