If a newbie can make it through, you can too: advice from a non-native Hudsonite

Kennedey Bell/Editorial Editor

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Fresh off the streets of my hometown Kennett Square, Penn. (fun fact, it’s the mushroom capital of the world, breathtaking right?) I was ready for a new start— or so I thought. I quickly learned that I was dead wrong; no one could have prepared me for the whirlwind of events I would encounter in the next four years at Hudson High School.
     I remember my first day of freshmen year vividly. I was the epitome of a newbie. I didn’t know a single person in the entire school. I could barely locate my first-period class, and oh yeah, I found out that I was a rare gem, a bird of paradise in a field of sunflowers, the odd man out— or as some like to simply call it, a minority.
     I walked into my first class with my head down, back slouched and no dreams in my cardigan (thank you to all five of you who found that remotely funny). Simply put, I had never felt so intimidated and discouraged in my life.
     Thus, it didn’t take me long to become a gold-card member of the anti-Hudson club. I was itching to graduate and became somewhat introverted. Looking back, I regret not having more faith in myself from the jump and becoming close-minded to all of the extraordinary things Hudson has to offer.
     Sure, I experienced some tough times, and I struggled with accepting the fact that I was ubiquitously different from a majority of my peers, but at the end of the day, I was blessed to enter a community with unbelievable opportunities. I just had to find a way to ease myself into the crowd.
     Despite my frustration, I found a way to overcome my idiosyncrasies. I threw myself into as many extracurricular activities as possible. Over the years, my involvement with newspaper production, Drama Club, swing choir and dabbling in a variety of other activities has allowed me to channel my stress and anxiety into something positive. My involvement also helped me meet so many amazing people. Through these activities, I learned how to break out of my shell and become a leader.
     What I urge you to take from my experience is to get involved and don’t be afraid of trying new things and meeting new people. I quickly went from knowing no one to creating a tight-knit group of friends.
     Also, on a more serious note, it is important to be aware that high school is a pivotal time to find out who you truly are. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of years ahead to work out your inevitable young adult identity crisis, but your high school years will definitely leave an impression on the person that you will eventually evolve into.
     I hope after reading my spiel you will be less likely to jump on the anti-Hudson bandwagon. My No.1 piece of advice to all current and future underclassmen is to be firm in your self-confidence and to embrace as many positive opportunities as possible.
      The social aspects of Hudson are admittedly challenging, but the academic culture is intimidating as well. I am sure that many students can relate to the fact that academic pressure comes with the territory of being a student at Hudson High School.
     Sure, AP classes are important and competing for the best score on the SLO test may seem beneficial, but at the end of the day, cherishing the time you have with others outweighs all of the superficial glory that comes with “good grades.” A couple years from now you will realize that first-quarter grade you earned in math never had any significant value when put into perspective.
     Taking genuine time for yourself as well as others is going to be much more rewarding in the long run than a super impressive GPA. Hudson High School does a superb job at preparing its students for college, and for that I am grateful. However, there is nothing wrong with taking a moment every now and then to sit back and revaluate what is really meaningful in life. 
     All in all, your experience at Hudson is definitely what you make it. You can either love it or hate it. Somehow I oddly ended up in between. I am more than grateful to have been part of such a prosperous and nurturing town and I hope that future students can find their niche in such a dynamic community as even I, a newbie, managed to find.



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