by Michelle N '15

7th graders Adapt to New Challenges

Every year, new 7th graders pour into BSGE, and most will agree that the BSGE is very different from what they are used to and they have a lot to get used to: new school, new teachers, new people, new classes, new schedule; new everything.
One of the biggest differences students find at BSGE is the difficulty of the classes. “My previous school was definitely easier,” said Josh Vaiman.  The quality of the work and the amount of homework leads students to spend hours more on schoolwork than their friends at other schools.
For most of the students, this is the first time they are taking a foreign language.  Though some students were disappointed that Chinese was not offered to the incoming 7th graders, students were able to choose between French and Spanish as their second language.  Each class offers its own challenges.  In Mr. Rajiv’s French class, you will only hear French, even if you don’t speak any.  Students still learn well in this environment because “it’s easy understanding what he’s saying, because he explains it and uses hand gestures,” says Gaby Carver, “I’ve learned a lot so far.”
Although the majority of seventh graders study French, there is one class that takes Spanish.   Mr. Giraldo’s Spanish class is “challenging, especially when differentiating between masculine and feminine words, but it’s an important to know because it’s a major language,” says Briana Spariosu.
The school itself isn’t the only thing that will take getting used to. Many students have a new commute. By car, train, and bus, most seventh graders have found a new route to school. For some, the commute is long. “Before, I walked. Now, I take the subway,” commented Ian Riding, “I like it, but it takes at least 30 minutes.” Many others would also rather go back to the days when they’d walk or take a car home.
Most BSGE students can spot new 7th graders simply from the size of their backpacks.  The enormous size is especially obvious when you compare them to the ones belonging to the seniors sitting just tables away in the cafeteria.  It’s as though, over the years the size evolves from something that should be considered heavy lifting to something practically the size of a handbag. 7th grader Ian Riding agrees that his bag is way too heavy. “[I think it weighs] about twenty pounds. I don’t know.”  Gaby Carver has some thoughts about the abnormally large bags, “I carry around a lot of books, a lot of unnecessary things.” It seems like it’s only a matter of time before they realize that they have lockers at their disposal.
The new 7th graders have many experiences and challenges ahead of them and they seem to be adapting well so far.

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