The Smoke Signal, MSJ's Official Newspaper


Dear Diary: MSJ, Here I Come!

The Excitement Phase | March 15, 2010 | 11:40 AM
Dear Diary,
I can’t believe it; we got our high school registration forms today! I also can’t believe there’s only two and a half more months until we can get out of here! No longer will I have to gaze longingly at MSJ’s track and tennis courts during PE! No more outrageously hard science, no more Accelerated Reading, and, best of all, no more 4-6 PM socials! Life can only get better from here on out- senior boys! Better cafeteria lunches! Junior boys!!

The Nervous Phase | March 15, 2010 | 3:07 PM
Dear Diary,
You know, Mission seems really big…what if I get lost? There are so many wings, and my older brother keeps hinting and snickering about some place called P-7. And I’ll be freshmeat next year…to be safe, I’m going to spend my next two years keeping my head down in the hallways.

The Nostalgic Phase | March 16, 2010 | 7:33 PM
Dear Diary,
Some sixth graders came by to check out Hopkins today. I felt smugly superior to those kiddies, but also a little nostalgic inside because I used to be one of those sixth graders (although I could swear that people in my class were not that short when we were in elementary school). I remember when a big field trip used to mean walking to MSJ to watch a play! I’m going to miss junior high a little bit, and I’m especially going to miss the 2:10 dismissal time. According to my brother, I will also be missing my 10 o’clock bedtime.

The Disillusionment Phase | March 16, 2010 | 9:14 PM
Dear Diary,
I just realized the lockers at MSJ are no bigger than the ones we have here at Hopkins.

The Unwilling Phase | March 17, 2010 | 3:04 PM
Dear Diary,
All right, so you know how my friends and I were so excited about high school earlier this week? We changed our minds when we saw the huge packet of orientation papers that we have to fill out. Also, my brother keeps whining about some class called AShove or ATug or something. I am not looking forward to the suffering ahead.

The Excitement Phase Revisited | March 18, 2010 | 4:23 PM
Dear Diary,
So apparently there’s this Link Crew Orientation Day thing. My brother says that it’ll be a frightening experience involving upperclassman screaming at you as you walk meekly into the school gym, but he’s probably lying. It’s going to be so fun touring the school with my friends! High school is going to be awesome.

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