A day as a panther

Waking up at 6:30, to race to the good old yellow bus at 7 a.m. isn’t fun on a Monday morning. Neither is walking into the atrium (a.k.a. organized chaos) to find my friends. Nor is sitting in one class for 80 minutes. No, none of those things seem all that great after a nice weekend.

Trust me, you get used to it.

After 11 years of being a Central York student, it grows on you.

Everything is always changing. For a day of my schedule at the high school, it goes a little like this.

First period starts at 7:45 and is 80 minutes long. Yes, block scheduling. Honestly, I like it. This way this year I won’t have eight finals during the last few days of school. And if you particularly like a teacher, you only have him/her for half the year. Anyway, journalism is my first period. Awesome class, awesome teacher and awesome people because it isn’t a core class, so everyone has the same interest and producing a paper is really neat. We use computers a lot and learn all the different beats of journalism.

Second period is chemistry. Not my favorite subject…I am not good at science, let’s just put it that way. Or I would be working on a science project instead of writing this. But we get to do labs and the teacher does demos that sometimes involve burning gummy bears or something shooting across the room (he says he has 100 percent success, but we all still duck).

Third period is Spanish 3. Whoever said that Spanish and English were really close, was really wrong. By the time you reach Spanish 3, you will learn about nine tenses of language that you never knew existed. It is more than adding “o” to the end of every English word.

An hour into Spanish we break for “C” lunch. The lunch at Central isn’t all that bad. There are the really good days (the newly acclaimed pasta bar) and the really bad (nacho-breaded fish sticks?).

And fourth period is gym. Thank golly for a class that is outside of four white walls. If it is nice, we head outside and play handball or tennis, or soccer. We are required to wear black shorts and an orange shirt. The swimming unit includes swimming with clothes on, diving and relay races.

ACP (Academic prep) is a study hall for 40 minutes at the end of the day. And each day 5, we go to clubs (mine is photography club and we go outside to shoot pictures).

And then the final bell rings and the atrium crowds as it did in the morning.

To look at the school as a whole, we have a great staff. They try to keep up with the technology and do a great job. The school is constantly changing rules (not yet the cellphone one – or the strict dress code) but new classes and new apps and technology help to keep us students involved. I do enjoy learning, and high school is sometimes a stressful experience but it is also a really fun one. I have made friends that I will never forget and memories that will last a lifetime. As I head into my junior year, I am glad to be a panther.

And I climb the yellow school bus with a smile on my face.

Because it is one day closer to Friday.

About Erin O'Neill

I am happiest on a horse. Writing, photography, skiing, and horseback riding are my passions.
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3 Responses to A day as a panther

  1. Brian says:

    What’s the name of your horse?

    • Erin O'Neill says:

      I currently don’t own or lease a horse but I ride a pony named Ella and a horse named Murphy.

  2. Lydia says:

    Are you the same Erin O’Niell who won six bar back in May? Also do you have a YouTube?

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