Surviving the Unfamiliar Cougar Den


Kennedy students shout during one of the cheers.

Being a freshman at Kennedy High School means being trampled in the hallway and not getting credit for winning the spirit stick. Freshman year is full of new people and new beginnings. To get through the year, you need to know some tips and tricks of surviving the unfamiliar cougar den.

The cafeteria is a busy place full of many students getting food and looking for places to sit. Finding a place to sit can be very challenging, especially with a pretty short time period to eat. If you want to find the best spots, make sure you get to lunch as soon as possible and get in line before the lunch rush comes in. Bringing home-lunch can help avoid the long lines for getting food as well, so you can walk right in to the cafeteria and find a seat.

Getting involved in school activities is an important part of high school that will make your time here count. Be sure to explore what you love doing and find something that matches your interests. There are many sports, clubs and activities to participate in such as dance team, swimming, football, cheer, soccer, art club, show choir, and Torch to name a few. I’ve met my best friends through cheer and participating in activities at Kennedy. The activities make me feel like an important part of the school.

At the beginning of my freshman year, I came into my classes confused only recognizing a few people from middle school. If you’re in the same situation as I was, fear not. During your freshman year you will talk to new people and make new friends. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there to connect with other students who might be feeling the same way. You might be surprised at the end of the year by how many new friends you’ve made.

Freshman year can be hard at first, but don’t let this new place stop you from making your time at Kennedy count. High school goes by quick, so enjoy your next four years of high school as Kennedy cougar.