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Danbury High School     43 Clapboard Ridge Road Danbury, CT 06811     (203) 797-4800

The Hatters' Herald

Danbury High School     43 Clapboard Ridge Road Danbury, CT 06811     (203) 797-4800

The Hatters' Herald

After one month at DHS, here’s how the freshman are doing

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Danbury High School, the largest high school in Connecticut, can be an intimidating place for teenagers about to embark on their freshman year. Transitioning from middle school to DHS is a well-known challenge. This inquiry involves speaking directly with freshman students about their adjustment to the new environment.

Freshman Isabelly Doalma was asked, “Think back to the first day of school, what kind of emotions were you feeling?” She responded, “I was a little bit nervous because I’m a freshman and I didn’t know where to go.” Then, she was asked about her primary concerns. She replied, “I was worried about making friends, and what if I don’t have lunch with my friends; who would I sit with?” This is a very realistic and relatable sentiment for most incoming freshmen. Establishing new friendships, especially in such a large school, can be an overwhelming experience. The conversation concluded with the question,  “How have you adjusted to overcoming this fear?”, and she answered “I have made four new friends so far, you have to get over it eventually it will go away.”

Freshman Alex Almonte approached his freshman year with a somewhat different perspective, feeling much more at ease and prepared for the new academic year. When asked, “How have the staff and upperclassmen helped you adjust?” He answered, “They helped me around the school, giving me directions.” Finally, he was asked, “What is something that you wish you had known heading into your first day?” With a hint of sarcasm, he replied, “Where my classes were, because I actually missed one of my classes.”

Although the freshman class may have encountered initial challenges, they managed to overcome them and now hold optimistic views regarding their first year at DHS. With assistance from the staff, practice, and self-discipline, the freshman class is eagerly anticipating bright futures ahead.

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Haley Merrill, Staff Writer
Hi! My name is Haley Merrill, I am a senior at Danbury High School! I have recently discovered my passion for writing in journalism. I am majoring in journalism in college, and wanted to get a head start at my future. I can't wait to write stories and share them with the school newspaper. Looking forward to a great year at the Hatters Herald!

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