I first walked through the doors of PHS as a sophomore who knew no one in the building.
“All About That Bass” was playing on the car radio for about the one thousandth time on my way to school and that song stuck with me for the first two weeks of my PHS experience. Meghan Trainor aside, I can tell you that my first few weeks at PHS were quite the exhilarating rollercoaster.
When you walk in the doors of PHS on the first day, smile. It sounds cheesy, but I made my very first few friends by just making eye contact and smiling at them as we waited for our new teacher to take attendance or tried to open our lockers. Those smiles led to introductions and eventually to long-lasting friendships. Smiling at your teachers as you walk into their classrooms can also show that you are enthusiastic about being their student. However, a huge aspect of the PHS experience is discovering what lies beyond the classroom.
I was so surprised after discovering the clubs PHS students run. I didn’t think it was possible to be a part of groups that talk about their love for Jane Austen, their passion for saving endangered elephants, or their dedication towards producing a sophisticated, monthly school newspaper. The opportunities were endless. In that moment, I realized I had the power to discover what I like to do. Joining clubs also made it easier to meet new people who have the same interests as you, so don’t be afraid to get involved!
I still remember reading the 2014 New Student Issue at my new student orientation. As an incoming sophomore, I had that extra dose of nervousness because my classmates had already known each other for a while. But after witnessing what PHS has to offer, I knew I was joining an incredible community. If you’re having those last minute butterflies because you don’t know if you’ll be able to handle large amounts of homework or get to your classes on time or get a spot in line at the cafeteria, don’t worry. The best thing you can do is breathe and know that you will come to find your rhythm in these soon-to-be familiar halls.