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On Aug. 30 summer came to an end and school began for both K-6 graders and freshmen at the Mount View Complex. I am myself a high school freshman, and have just now completed my first week of high school. The change from middle to high school is often viewed as a major transition and though so far the change does not feel especially drastic, it does seem for the better.

When I began sixth grade, I felt quite a shock at being in a new school with many new classmates and unfamiliar customs. Now, three years later, any anxiety at the switch to high school pales in comparison.

There are of course several notable differences that I have noticed in high school, most of which, so far at least, revolve around freedom. In middle school the schedule is for the most part predetermined and more or less resembles that of your peers. While different subjects had different teachers, and a few electives were available, many lasting reaches of the elementary education we left behind still shone through.

Now in high school, the timing of one’s day differs from others. At any given hour you find people in the gym, the lobby, the library or in a class dictated by a schedule, yes, but one that they helped shape. When the day ended in middle school, those who had a club or sport had to stay in an assigned duty room beforehand, whereas in high school, there is freedom to go where you please.

The shift in freedoms, in my opinion, ultimately helps prepare students for their later lives just as much as any class. How we manage our time is not something forced upon us, but it is our own decision with consequences to reflect that. High school is not a mere collection of classes or credits but a crucial and memorable stage of life for teenagers the world over, one which I now gladly find myself a part of.

Notices

Reminder from the Montville tax collector, the first half of 2022 unpaid taxes will start to accrue interest on Sept. 30.

The Montville assessor and her team will be traveling down North Mountain Valley Highway on their next route.