MHS Hot Spots: A freshman tour guide

Ariel Jones | Staff Writer

New school, new classes, new faces. There’s a lot to take in as a freshman, but knowing the MHS hot spots might make the transition a little smoother.

  1. The Learning Commons

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Formerly known as the Media Center, the newly constructed Learning Commons are students’ preferred spot for studying in leisure.

“My favorite place to go was the library, because it’s calm and you can get things done while being relaxed,” senior SIB Gabrielle Omoregie said. “It’s a big school and there are a lot of people so it’s the one place you can unwind.”

Not only is the learning commons a great place to hit the books, but it also provides students with a place they can meet others or find extra help. Its redesigned arrangement is a collaborative work environment with laptop stations, the classic computer stations, and round tables scattered among the central area for students to gather in studying groups.

  1. Football Games

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The student section of the MHS football games typically reminds students of faces smeared in green war paint and cheers with enthusiasm that could shake the stadium. The student section is a largely influential part of the Comets’ school spirit. Not only does it help keep players motivated, but according to senior SIB Alexa Belegrin, it also brings students together.

“Going to the football games gets me really spirited and super into my school,” Belegrie said. “I’m usually just hanging in the background, but when I’m at the football games I feel like I’m a part of something. It’s fun to interact with people and do the chants.”

  1. Small Commons

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Also referred to as “the other lunchroom”, the small commons can be a less overwhelming place to have lunch. For freshmen who may have trouble finding a group of friends while also trying to bustle around the large commons to get food and a spot to sit, “the other lunchroom” may be a better option for that first hectic week.

“The small commons is a good place if you have a smaller group of friends or if you don’t have a lot of friends yet,” Belegrin said. “It’s easier to feel like you fit in.”

  1. Counselors’ Offices

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When in doubt, ask a counselor. Freshman year is a time that may feel full of uncertainty as well as curiosity, and for those who are timid or feel awkward asking a teacher or upperclassman, administrators have the information.

“If you were to have any questions, the counselors’ office is a great place to go because it can be a little uncomfortable sometimes asking your normal teachers,” Belegrie said. “Helping you is what they’re there for.”

With high school bringing so many wonderful opportunities, there are a few exceptions. There are obstacles that come with growing up that can be difficult to manage. Whether it is peer pressure, bullying, severe emotional strain, family issues, overwhelming academic stresses or something more, counselors are safe, confidential, and understanding.

  1. Weight Room

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Anyone who plays a sport will most likely end up in the weight room more than once. Football players spend multiple days a week conditioning on and off-season, and it is arguable that they spend the most time in the weight room, but the intense training inspires freshman football player Jake Bracher. According to Bracher, he is eager for on-season workouts.

“I’m looking forward to Coach Castner motivating me through every day,” Bracher said.

But not only football players enjoy the benefits of the weight room, according to junior SIB Jordan Grollmus.

“It’s cool to go to the weight room because there are usually a bunch of people there, so you get know other people and hang out whenever you work out,” Grollmus said. “And as a freshman, getting to know other people is pretty important.”

  1. Harvard Room

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Giving the impression of a professional conference room, the Harvard Room is sure to make any freshman feel like more of an adult. From the extra-large projector screen to the podium, it’s a great place to hold lectures and small meetings.

“The Harvard room is cool because it’s not like any other class in the school,” Grollmus said. “It’s great for big presentations in certain classes, and the swivel chairs are really fun.”

Some clubs and activities use this room after school, for example, mock trial stages court cases, utilizing the professional atmosphere and podium to make a more realistic scene.

Joining clubs, activities, and sports is very important according to student activities director Lori Fox.

“My number one piece of advice to freshmen is to get involved. Join clubs and activities because that is where you will make those lifelong friendships,” Fox said. “They should get acquainted with the school and some of the upperclassmen so when they’re walking down the hallway they can see some familiar faces.”

  1. Patio Outside the Large Commons

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School doesn’t seem like the kind of place you’re able to relax outside mid-day, but at MHS, students can do just that.

Lunch the first week of school can be frenzied, and if you’re in search for tranquility away from the stampede of other students, the patio on the far left of the cafeteria closest to C-pod is the perfect spot to eat.

“If you’re going to do anything, you should definitely sit outside for a day; the patio right outside the large commons is great because it’s always kind of nice out there and there aren’t many people,” Omoregie said. “The inside of the cafeteria can be a little intimidating, mainly the first week when everybody already has their group. It’s really pretty out there, especially on a nice day.”

According to junior SIB Jordyn Mitchell, freshmen should go wherever curiosity takes them, and be adventurous.

“The most important thing you can learn from freshman year is to not worry about fitting in with the crowd,” junior SIB Jordyn Mitchell said. “Just be yourself.”

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