This September, the newest batch of freshmen have joined the Andover High School community and have now had a few months to become acclimated to our school. As all AHS students have experienced before, the first few weeks of high school can be confusing. Learning the ins and outs of the classes, the building, and the general workings of the school can sometimes be overwhelming. In light of this, we asked freshman about any questions they have, and got upperclassmen’s answers to help make this transition easier.


We asked freshman how the first few months of high school are going:

Is there anything that has surprised you since coming to the high school?

“I guess I expected to have to do everything alone, that I would not be getting any help. All of the teachers are very helpful and upperclassmen are not as scary as they seem. I also thought that I would never be able to find my way around the school, but after a week or so it’s not too hard” -Livia Iwanicki, freshman

 “I thought there would be more people in the hallways” -Luke Sakellarios, freshman

“That you’re able to wear hats in school” -Sommer Smith-McPherson, freshman

“[That] the teachers don’t have one room, but instead go to multiple rooms for their classes. [There are] more people than I expected” -Rebecca Song, freshman

“I was surprised that all of my teachers are new to the school” -Suren Maheswaran, freshman

What is the biggest change from middle to high school so far?

“Right now, the class length” -Luke Sakellarios, freshman

“I feel like when we were in middle school you knew everyone in your grade within the first two weeks or so, but in high school, it’s already been a month and I know probably only a quarter of our grade. Also, the bell doesn’t ring until 7:45 for your first class, so you can do homework in the mornings or catch up with friends” -Livia Iwanicki, freshman

“The biggest change is the size of the school. The middle school was smaller and had less classrooms” -Sommer Smith-McPherson, freshman

“The biggest change for me is the environment… [the] lunches, definitely” -Rebecca Song, freshman

“The biggest change was coming in the morning to see so many kids in the foyer” -Suren Maheswaran, freshman


We asked upperclassmen to give some advice to freshmen and answer a few of their questions:

Do you have any advice to the freshman to help them be successful and happy here at the AHS?

“Join something, [such as] a club or a sport, something so you know people. It makes the school feel smaller” -Isabelle Mellor, junior

“Don’t let the work get to you. Don’t get stressed out.” -Shannon Stelzner, junior

How do you know if you need to change your level?

“If you think the material is too hard” -Lindsay Sakellarios, senior



Does high school get harder each year?

“I think it depends on how you handle it. It can get harder, but if you keep up with your school work you will be fine.” -Alyson Hall , junior

Is it better to get an A in a college prep class or a B in honors class?

“To get a B in an honors class” -Lindsay Sakellarios, senior

What is the best year of high school?

“I want to say this year [junior year] because this is when all the fun things come into play, like prom and stuff like that.” -Alyson Hall, junior 

Can you do activities later in the school year?

“You can do winter or spring sports and you might be able to join a club halfway through the year, though it might depend on the club. There are also plays and other activities throughout the school year” -Lindsay Sakellarios, senior

By Kenzie Boynton, Amelia Faucher, and Kinsey Ogden