By Kodi Udochukwu ’23
You’ve gotten through the first couple of weeks of school. The homework is a lot, isn’t it? I remember being shocked at the amount of work we get at Woodberry. But life is all about adjusting, after all. As a returning student, I have had to adjust to taking two honors classes and different teaching styles. In the same way, all of us have had to adjust our lives because of the global pandemic. But enough of that. Today, I am going to give you a piece of advice that I wish someone had drilled into me in my freshman year.
Back in Nigeria, an 80 on a test would be an A and a 90 was an A+. Here at Woodberry, a 90 is just an A-. I was so worried that I wouldn’t be able to adjust to the new curriculum. I was also hellbent on being the best soccer player in my grade. I ended up doing better than I could ever have imagined as I had a great G.P.A and my JV soccer team enjoyed an undefeated season. However, I regret being so worried about my performance in class and sports. While your sports and schoolwork in Woodberry should be taken very seriously, there is a lot more to school- and life-than your academic or sports performance – especially in your freshman year.
This is your first year at Woodberry. You are allowed to make mistakes and learn from them, so I encourage you to take risks. Don’t only do what you’re good at. If you don’t have many hobbies or interests, Woodberry is a great place to find your passions and hobbies. There are so many activities and clubs that you can try out. If you’ve never gone fishing before, go fishing with the guy who loves to. Do you think you may be interested in medicine? There’s a medical school club that you can sign up for. If you think robotics are cool, then there’s a Robotics club as well. There are so many options! If we have sports this year, make the most out of them by doing a sport you’ve never done before. If you ask any sophomore how they made friends, they would most likely say that they met their friends in a sports team or through a shared interest. Also, with 23 different nationalities in Woodberry, you have a valuable chance to make friends with people from all over the world and learn about different cultures.
Woodberry is a place filled with opportunity. Unfortunately, a lot of people, including myself, have only looked at the academic and sports opportunities, ignoring the extra-curricular and a chance to better themselves. It’s a mistake that I’m trying to rectify, but I hope that after reading this, you would learn from my errors and you’ll be inspired to make the best out of Woodberry, take risks, try new things, and explore who you truly are.