Anu Sharma, Reporter

Moving before my senior year: Hanover to Hudson


     “Man, can you imagine moving before your senior year? That must suck,” I said to my friend Ashley. Little did I know that soon I’d be in the same position. I moved from Hanover, Penn., a short 15-minute drive from Gettysburg. I had lived there for about 11 years, and before that I came from New Jersey, so I guess you could say I’m slowly moving west-ward. I moved to Hanover in the middle of first grade, which was not only weird, but that elementary school had been the third one I went to. 

     I’d always been shy and quiet because of my anxiety, but my sophomore year at Hanover High School I had started getting more involved in extracurriculars, such as drama. I started off slowly and did stage crew production. I never knew that I would like it so much; I got to know some of the other upperclassmen. My first impression of them was wrong, and I’m glad it was; they were very nice. I think that helped me ease into some other school activities. By my junior year I had started to gradually come out of my shell. With the new Shakespeare class I took, I knew more upperclassmen and made more friends. When I moved, I felt that I had reverted back to my former shy self, and despised myself for it. 

     The reason for the oh-so-sudden move? My parents found a motel to run. Even though I was torn from leaving the place I called my home for the past 11 years, I knew I couldn’t argue with them. My mom has worked in factories ever since she came to the U.S., I remembered countless nights where her back would ache painfully. I’m glad that she found a job she likes, and she can relax now. 

     Hudson is four times as big as my old school, which scared me at first, but I progressively got used to it. My old school was pretty small; there were 100 kids per grade, so everyone knew everyone. Could you imagine that? Not to mention that everyone was involved in something or doubled up. Kids in Student Council were in Key Club, NHS, the play, sports, etc. It was a lot for them. Notice I haven’t mentioned any other clubs? That’s because we weren’t able to have clubs as Hudson does. In fact, we’d be lucky if we had a club meeting more than four times a year. Hanover didn’t have after-school clubs, instead we had an Explorer-like schedule where we’d have clubs after 11th period. Yes 11th period. Hanover started at 8:15, or should I say you had to be in homeroom by 8:15, and school oddly ended at 2:58. I thought classes were long there.

     The downside to that is we’d have to stay outside until a.m., which was when the doors opened. So come winter, you’d see students at 7:30 a.m. freezing and could not go inside. Last year, however, we were able to go inside because temperatures were less than 30 degrees. Could you do homework? Sure, if you didn’t mind your hands freezing and going numb. 

     Hudson luckily has clubs, which helped me ease into Hudson High. I saw new faces, some even in my classes. I felt a little calmer. Along with clubs, I also was able to get into the National Honor Society. Hanover was the opposite of Hudson. It was an affluent district. We didn’t even have any buses; we took the public bus Rabbit Transit to school. However, you’d have to pay a dollar and some cents to get on, otherwise you’d have to walk home. Not to mention, it sucked when there were two-hour delays; the buses wouldn’t come for the delay to drop the kids off at school. Might I add that it was just the middle and high school that took the buses? The elementary schools had walking lines, where an adult would walk kids to school and walk them home in the afternoon. 

     Winters and summers were not particularly my favorite because of the extreme cold and heat. Man, what I would’ve given for a hot chocolate those winter mornings. 

      It makes me think that Hudson students are very lucky to have so many opportunities here, especially with academics. I don’t think they know how lucky they are. Hanover had just introduced an AP US history course this year, along with AP Euro and AP English; those were the only AP courses that were offered at Hanover. Also, the only languages that were offered were Spanish and French. Here at Hudson, there are four times as many languages offered. Along with Spanish and French, there’s German, Latin, Chinese and American Sign Language. It makes me think that some Hudson students should appreciate the little things here. Nevertheless, I’m glad I moved, otherwise I would never have had the opportunities that I had. I also finally found out that what I might want to major in, education.


2015-05-19 08:19:48