Frosh Friday: freshman survives bunny attacks, finds her own beautiful book

janie huels, staff writer

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Gretchen Guimarin, freshman, reads her favorite book, Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger.

Name: Gretchen Guimarin, class of 2019
Middle School: Middle School North

Q: What are you most excited for in high school?
A:  I think high school will have a different vibe, and I think that’s cool.  Like things actually matter.  Like I can get high honor roll and not feel like it was just a waste because it’s mandatory to graduate eighth grade.


Q: What are you most scared for in high school?
A: I’m not really scared except that I’ll be even shorter looking because I’m five feet.  I got asked if I was a sixth grader twice by the same lady on the same day.


Q: What advice would you give someone about middle school?
A: It doesn’t mean anything grade-wise, but I think you should try your hardest because it makes you feel better to try to help people and yourself.  Don’t be [someone] who doesn’t take middle school seriously.  It’s like we know grandma’s cooking is bad, but you don’t have to spit it on the floor and punch grandma in the heart.  Just eat the [food].


Q: What is your favorite activity and why?
A: Reading books.  Not because I travel to a different world or [something] but because it makes me feel like this world is worth it because everything can be spectacular and have meaning. I love books because everyone has sort of “their own” book that they connect with most of all, no matter where that book takes place, they love it because it reminds them of home and how amazing everything can be. Everyone can go to the library and find their own beautiful book to love.


Q: What is the funniest/dumbest thing you have ever done?
A:  I mean once me and my friend were shooting a video for class, and it was winter, and for the video I had to be in a tree, and I stepped my foot on the lowest branch of the tree and then some snow fell off the branch and hit whatever was burrowed below it, so the thing jumped out at me and chased me across my friend’s yard.  As it turned out, the thing that was chasing me was a bunny.