Students reflect on the change from freshman to senior year


Jordan Greene

Senior, Allison Granet shows her senior spirit by participating in powder puff.

Jordan Greene, Staff Writer

A person can change a lot within four years.

After four years of high school, seniors have a chance to reflect on their time at Carlmont.

The jump from freshman to senior year is different for everybody.

Many freshmen come into Carlmont overwhelmed by the heavy workload and the very different atmosphere than middle school.   

“Coming from middle school, freshman year was much harder to balance the homework load. I had tougher teachers who expected me just to jump in. Being a senior, I am now accustomed to the workload, but I have a lot on my plate with school, extracurricular activities, and college applications on top of everything,” said senior Ilana Hamer.

The time between freshman and senior year is meant for students to explore new hobbies through sports, clubs, and classes. While Carlmont provides many opportunities for growth, many students also find that their time in high school is spent furthering old passions and interests.

“I’ve had pretty much the same interests since freshman year. Throughout high school, I’ve been able to increase my love for ASB and soccer by participating in the different opportunities that Carlmont has provided for me,” said Senior Class Vice President Brett Fitzpatrick.  

Although the jump from the first year of high school to the last is different for everybody, most freshman and seniors have one thing in common: college.

“As a freshman, I worry about getting into college. It’s something that I think about a lot. There are certain things I need to do now in order to get into the college that I want to. What I did in elementary school and middle school doesn’t matter, but I know that what I do throughout my high school career will say a lot about me,” said freshman Adam Fox.  

To incoming freshman, you’re going to be okay”

— Ilana Hamer

The transition from freshman to senior year is hard for many students. However, this tough situation can teach students how to balance their time and adjust to a heavier workload.

Many find that the stress of high school is overpowered by the passions that they find along the way and encourage others to persevere through the tough times.

“To incoming freshman, you’re going to be okay,” said Hamer.