10. First Football game
I remember my first football game it was epic, The bruin bowl and sitting with the bruin crazies and screaming your lungs out for four quarters. The first football game of the season is always an amazing experience.
9. First Day of High School
First day of a new school year is always pretty cool. You get to see all your friends after summer break, you get to meet your new teachers and kind of get a feel for how the year is going to go down. Lets face it, in a way school is one of our homes, and it’s nice to be back. (At least for a few days.)
8. First time asked to a dance
One day just sitting around your house doing nothing and suddenly like a gunshot out of nowhere there is a knock at your door. Upon opening the door to your surprise you see on your doorstep someone asking you to a dance. Being chosen at random to go to a dance is a great experience but even better is the fact that you don’t have to pay for it all you have to do is show up and have a great time.
7. Seeing a Mountain View Show
One of the really great things about Mountain View is how great our performing arts departments are. (Shout-out to Mr. Taylor and Mr. Criman) Both the choir and the drama departments put on amazing performances, but there’s something totally magical about going to a Mountain View show. Our students and teachers are so capable the productions don’t even seem like high school, you’ll be blown away!
6. That one time your teacher doesn’t show up.
This is the thing you only ever hear rumoured about in hushed tones. Until that one time it magically happens you're waiting outside for your teacher when they just never show up then what you once thought was going to be just another class turns into a free period to do whatever you wish.
Going to prom is an experience you’ll remember forever, it’s one for the books that your kids will hear about someday. The chance to ask out a girl you like, or a close friend to a more formal dance makes it a really cool and completely unique setting. Laughing together, talking to each other, and groovin’ on the dance floor are all pretty memorable and they make for a fun day.
4. First Kiss
Ok this is a top ten moments and we are still uncertain if this is a positive moment. After much debate at The Bruin Post office it was decided to let first kiss stay. Now there is no universal first kiss story but everyone remembers their first kiss, for most it was romantic and then came the immediate bragging to all of your friends. And of course it doesn’t take long for everyone to find out.
3. Free periods
Free periods are glorious. A break from all that work. All that stress. If you work hard enough early on, you’ll have the pleasure of enjoying a few of these your senior year if you so desire. The time in the day to work, pursue dreams, learn new skills, etc. is valuable time indeed.
2. Driver’s License
Getting your driver's license. There’s something very memorable, and incredibly useful. Your license is like the key to a whole new world of making your own decisions and going your own places. Though this comes along with a few negatives, (paying for gas, insurance, registration, being the “errand runner” etc.) I think very few people would trade their licenses away for fewer responsibilities!
1. Discovering your personal mentor
Everyone has their favorite teacher but this goes beyond that. Finding that one teacher who teaches so masterfully that it changes you forever. A good teacher can influence what you become when you grow up. After taking their class you become a better student in all of your classes. A great teacher can light the fire of learning in a student forever.
First off, I second everything Pariah said. But to elaborate even further, finding your “personal mentor” is great because they can be a source of advice to you through these troublesome years that are High School. They’re more than a teacher, they’re a friend to you. And you know that this teacher cares about you, and wants nothing more for you than for you to succeed. If you haven’t found your mentor, try new classes, and get to know your teachers. You’re missing out!