No one can deny that the freshman year is one of the hardest. No, they don’t have to worry about college or their standardized test scores just yet, but they do have to get used to a whole new environment. Moving from middle school is not easy and many students grades suffer because of it. Finals are also right around the corner which are new to freshman. Many new students haven’t experienced the nerve racking days when all you can do is study.
The Freshman Snack and Study is an event that Link Crew, an organization run by teachers and upperclassmen to help freshman transition to high school, hosts to give freshman a place to come in and get help from Link Crew members (Link leaders) on their homework and studying right before exams.
Junior Alexis Antisdale explains how they organize the event, “We take other snacks from previous events and save them for Snack and Study, we make invitations for our freshman to let them know about Snack and Study and exams and all that.”
Antisdale also elaborated about the significance of this event, “It helps Freshman get prepared because, in middle school, finals aren’t that big of a deal but now they are twenty percent of your grade.”
Yesenia Salas works with other Link Crew members on homework while waiting to help freshman. It’s important for kids to get a handle on how to study for finals early to insure that they can do it successfully. This is why the Snack and Study is such a good idea. It brings freshman and their Link leaders together. Upperclassmen teach the ninth graders not only how and what to study, and it brings students of different grades together in an environment they might not usually talk to each other in.
Juniors Matthew Vestal and Rondia Dotsan sit together and do homework. Since the number of freshman at the event was so small, it gave the Link Crew members time to work on their own homework in small groups to study.
Junior Keziah Bowen (yellow shirt) helps freshman Elisia McPherson study natural selection for her final. McPherson said, “I came so I could get my work done and not get a bad grade.” Teaching the material to lowerclassmen is beneficial to upperclassmen because it gives them a chance to test their own mastery of the subject.
Freshman Yahweh Johnson studies with his Link leader. It can be tough to find time to study between school and afterschool activities, but the Snack and Study gives students a safe and calm environment to be productive.
Students laugh and mingle while working on studying. A small event, the Snack and Study may not have drawn many students, but it did help all who participated.