Everyone was a freshman in high school once, whether they would like to admit it or not, including current seniors at St. Thomas.
Freshman year can be a difficult transition for some, but for most students it is the start of a remarkable four years full of endless friendships, memories, and life lessons that carry on into their adulthoodand last a lifetime.
Senior Stephan George struggled with life at St. Thomas initially, but eventually figured things out and made the most of his freshman year.
“When I first started freshman year, I was a wreck. I didn’t take things as seriously as I should have, and it hit me around Christmas break that I needed to take things more seriously. I got the hang of how St. Thomas was, and the second semester was awesome. I hated St. Thomas at first, but once I got used to it I can honestly say that I wouldn’t trade the experience for another school.”
Stephan George, Senior
Senior Harris Rosenblad found his freshman year at St. Thomas to be quite challenging socially, but harmless with regards to the academics.
“My middle school may have prepared me a little too well for high school, because I felt like I was not being challenged at all. I would go home every day with at most 30 minutes of homework and play video games for the rest of the afternoon,” Harris said.
Rosenblad believed that middle school had made him more than ready for academics at St. Thomas, and the lack of rigorous schoolwork during his freshman year affected his social life as well. “I feel like me not being challenged academically led to my social life being largely nonexistent. I was playing several hours of video games with my middle school friends at night, instead of making new friends by asking for help on homework or study groups,” Rosenblad said. He was eventually able to make more friends at St. Thomas, outside of the guys that he already knew from extracurricular activities.
“It took me several months to finally make a few decent friends that I had no extracurricular activities with. Looking back, almost all of my problems boil down to me being satisfied with being ‘ok’ and not having any motivation to be ‘great’.”
Harris Rosenblad, Senior
For senior Trevor Banes, his freshman year was full of excitement and stress. “It started out waking up early every day going to football practice then eventually having to do hours of homework later on in the day. It was very different than middle school, the day was long and physically and mentally tiring,” Banes said. Banes did find a silver lining from his whole experience as a freshman at St. Thomas, and got a lot out of his freshman year. “My favorite memories were hanging out with new friends and fish week for sure. I matured a lot going through the first year of St. Thomas and met a lot of amazing people that I hope to know for the rest of my life,” Banes said.
Senior Stone Flanakin was so terrified of his freshman year at St. Thomas, that on the first day of school he did not even know if he was in the right classroom. “On the very first day I walked into my first class and thought to myself ‘I must be in the wrong classroom’,” Flanakin said, “This was because everyone looked so much older than me.”
As soon as Stone realized that everyone was experiencing the same first day of high school trauma as he was, everything got better. “My thoughts were quickly changed when I asked some of my peers if they felt the same way, and they did,” Flanakin said. After making it through fish week and having a few months under his belt, Stone knew that St. Thomas was the right place for him.
“About a month or two after fish week I felt as though STH was the right place for me and that I knew why the rest of my family loved going there.”
Stone Flanakin, Senior
When they first came to St. Thomas as freshmen, these guys, as well as many other former and current Eagles, were at first a little intimidated by high school, but with time and effort they discovered that St. Thomas was the place for them and they have never look