This year, I decided to join the staff of the Upper School's newspaper, The Current. I've always enjoyed writing, and I had previously written for the Intermediate Insider in eighth grade, so I knew I wanted to join the school paper when I got to high school.
I went to The Current's first meeting my freshman year, but I didn't end up continuing to attend the meetings for two reasons. For one, I wanted to use the weekly Clubs and Activities block to do homework and be productive before going home. But also, I was honestly terrified of having to interact with upperclassmen and go out and interview different people in the school, especially since none of my close friends in my grade were on the staff of the The Current. I regret this decision, because I think stepping out of my comfort zone by doing something without any close friends would have been a valuable experience for me as a freshman who wasn't particularly outgoing. Fortunately, I did end up taking advantage of some new opportunities on my own during my freshman year by becoming part of an a cappella group and joining new sports teams.
I finally joined The Current my sophomore year, and the staff was very welcoming. I got straight to work with writing articles, and I got to interview many different teachers and students I'd never talked to before. Though the interview process sometimes made me nervous, I always felt accomplished after getting a good quote out of someone. I was also surprised at the willingness of students in all different social groups, as well as different faculty members, to share their experiences with me. Openness is one characteristic of Potomac as a whole that I definitely appreciate.Overall, I've had a great time working on The Current, and I've especially enjoyed getting feedback on my writing, whether in the form of suggestions or praise. Potomac provides a wide range of almost 40 different clubs and activities for Upper School students, and I'm grateful that I've had such an amazing experience in one of them. There seems to be a club for everyone in the school, and students in any grade can always start their own new clubs. The fact that the whole Upper School dedicates an hour once a week to take a break from our rigorous academics to focus on what we're passionate about has been one of my favorite parts about attending Potomac.