Fitting in

In Editorials on September 9, 2011 at 6:43 pm

By: Courtney Harrington

Be open-minded when it comes to meeting new people and interacting with students you do not know. Photo courtesy of Kristen Hegel

Every high school student can relate to me when I say that sometimes I feel like the outcast. Freshman year can be really scary for some teenagers. For me, I was like the new girl who did not know anybody. I was one of about 30 kids that came to Fort Mill High from Fort Mill Middle. I basically had to start all over and find a new clique. It can definitely be intimidating when you do not know people with whom you go to school. However, Fort Mill High is very conducive when it comes to finding ways to fit in. 

            Here atFortMill, we have the opportunity to be a part of so many different clubs and organizations. From Ultimate Frisbee club to Model United Nations, there is almost always a club for each and every student attendingFortMill. Being a part of something is a great way to meet new people and step outside your comfort zone. I have never been good at taking part in doing things that make me uncomfortable, but by doing so I have met so many incredible people and now forever hold many memories in my heart.

I also know that many students go through tough times throughout their years in high school. Joining a club or meeting new people gives you the chance to take your mind off of whatever is bothering you and enjoy your time with friends. For me, my friends have really helped me cope with a lot of hardships over the past few years.

            As the years pass, we begin to realize that fitting in is not all that important after all. However, it’s understandable for Freshmen and Sophomores to feel the need to fit in with their surroundings. Underclassmen are brought into this entirely different environment and are forced to adapt, making it easy to just “go with the flow” of things. Being a Senior myself, I can look back at my first year here and remember how hard I tried to impress everyone. Years later, I can say that just being who you are is the best way to fit in. Do you want to look back on your four years at Fort Mill High and wonder why you spent so much time and effort trying to be someone you are not?

            My advice to you is to take a walk on the wild side. Be open-minded when it comes to meeting new people and interacting with students you do not know. I can promise that stepping up to the plate is the best decision you will make here atFortMill. High school is supposed to be the best four years of your life. Live out your experience here to the best of your ability; make them your own.


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