First Quarter Reflection - Juniors' Perspective

Vol: 82 Issue: 1

November 10th, 2021 officially marked the end of the first quarter. This is the first time we completed a full quarter with all of the students in the building since the 2019 - 2020 school year. The 2020 - 2021 school year was very hectic to say the least. Some of the students were fully remote for the year, while others were in and out of the school building. Virtual learning was very difficult for a lot of kids, including me. Students all over the country did not get the authentic learning environment they needed to thrive. Everyone was stuck at home, trying to learn new material in their rooms. So, the start of this school year was a big adjustment for all the students. I asked a few juniors about being back in school and about their first quarter. Here’s what some had to say:

What cohort were you in last year and how were the first few weeks being back at Prep?

“Last year, I was in cohort b. It was honestly kind of scary leading up to the start of school this year. I thought the adjustment was going to be terrifyingly hard; I was also nervous to see a lot of people. However, when school started, getting adjusted became very easy . I’ll say that the first few weeks were normal and simple.” - >Salvatore Guimaraes '23

“I was in cohort c. The first few weeks were a little weird for me. Being around everyone again and being in a school atmosphere was unusual. I think getting back into the school mindset and actually learning in person was so much better for me and I gained a lot more understanding.” - Samantha Jose '23

“I was in cohort c and my first few weeks were fine. My classes were alright except that chemistry took me off guard because we dove straight into work and quizzes right away. I don’t think I was fully prepared to be back into in person classes.” - Karl Ebanks '23

How well do you think you did this quarter and why?

“I didn’t do as well in the first quarter as I have previously done. I think if I used my time more efficiently, I could have done better.” - Alexa Fischer '23

“I did pretty okay this past quarter because I took a lot more challenging classes this year.” - Emma Bogdan '23

What do you think you can do to better prepare for the next quarter?

“I think to better myself for next quarter, I should start studying a lot more in advance and get help if I really don’t understand what is being said. Also I have to make sure I check everything before I submit it and make sure there are no mistakes in future assignments.” - Samantha Jose '23

“What I think I can do to better myself and prepare for the next quarter is to study harder and pay more attention because I’ve been losing focus.” - Kaylynn Smith '23

“I just have to plan my assignments in advance. I have to give more of my time to all my classes and not just one class in particular.” - Salvatore Guimaraes '23

What is one thing you would like to accomplish for the next quarter?

“What I would like to accomplish for next quarter is to improve my grades so I can make the Principal's List.” - Narah Pierre '23

“One thing I would like to accomplish is doing better in my English class.” - Emma Bogdan '23

“I would like to have my math grade go up.” - Alexa Fischer '23

As the first quarter officially ends and the second quarter begins, take this time to reflect on what you would like to achieve and what improvements you want to make for the second quarter.  Personally, I will be creating better study habits for my classes and starting a strict after school homework routine. I wish you all the best of luck for the next quarter! 


  • 11/15/2021
  • By ARIANNA FERNANDEZ '23