TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Heading back to school can be an exciting and scary time for some students.
Bigger buildings, unfamiliar faces and new pressures are all part of entering high school; it's not just an academic change, it's a life change.
Mrs. Fern Edwards, a Counselor with South Vigo High School says, "I think socially it is such a big step from middle school to high school, everyone is trying to find their place. Where do I fit in?"
Mrs. Edwards has worked at South Vigo High School for thirteen years.
Through-out her career, she has dealt with many issues as she's helped freshman make that transition.
"We have our typical boyfriend girlfriend issues and then a lot of really who are my friends. High school can be a lot of drama," said Mrs. Edwards.
That's why the school offers not only counselors but also outlets like Senior Sydney Twiggs who's a student peer counselor at South.
Twiggs says the hallways can be a challenge for some; the social world isn't always kind.
"Groups of girls can be clicky or groups of guys can be clicky and that can be a problem," said Twiggs.
Mrs. Edwards says she and student counselors like Twiggs work towards guiding incoming freshmen and giving them advice that will hopefully help them transition smoothly.
Twiggs says, "Don't be afraid, don't be afraid to get involved, don't be afraid to make new friends and ask questions."
"Kind of be careful about what they disclose about themselves because you don't have to tell everybody everything about yourself at the beginning and then you can find out who your true friends are," said Mrs. Edwards.
The Counselors are South make an effort to prep the incoming freshmen, helping them succeed as they head down a four year journey, in a whole new environment.
Mrs. Edwards says the door to the guidance counselor's office is always open and if a teen doesn't feel comfortable, they should know they can turn to a student counselor for questions as well.
Terre Haute has once again approved a tax anticipation loan in a 5 to 3 vote.
A group of students at Harrison College found themselves on trial Thursday.
A staple in our community is still fighting against a harsh disease.
The Vincennes Pet Port is taking measures to keep its swollen population of pets from freezing.
Prosecutors Thursday charged Anthony Thigpin, Jr., 18, with aggravated battery and battery with a deadly weapon after an incident at the Statesman Inn.
Around noon on Thursday, Indiana State Troopers from the Putnamville District Meth Suppression Unit responded to 1401 South 9th Street in Terre Haute on tips related to possible methamphetamine activity.