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Student voices: Ready for school, ready for sports

When most people think of the first day of school, they suppress a groan. Sitting in a class for 60 minutes just to go to another class and sit for another 60 minutes doesn't interest them at all.

Tell them they have to do this for seven hours a day, five days a week and they just might drop their head in despair.

Some other students, however, look on the bright side of things. During school, you get to see and interact with friends who you maybe haven't seen all summer. Also, you get to learn a bunch of new stuff that you didn't know before and do intriguing hands-on labs in some of your classes.

And not so much for the guys, but most of the girls like to dress up and show off their new clothes they got for school.

Parents of students can also have different views on school. Some might be happy for the peace and quiet they have during the day, and others may miss the fast pace of taking care of your kids while they weren't at school. Both of these views on school starting up from students and parents are completely understandable and normal.

While I have one of these mindsets for a little while, it doesn't last very long. During the first week of school, I always look forward to the start of fall sports. Because school starting up again means sports are starting. Football and soccer are two of the sports that first come to my mind. Both are exhilarating and very entertaining to watch. As I lose myself in a soccer game, my heart beats fast in anticipation as our team takes a shot on goal. On the other hand, butterflies flutter in my stomach as our opponent closes in on our goal. It is wildly entertaining and time flies as I take in a soccer game.

During a football game, you can feel the excitement in the air, in the student section, and on the field. The cheerleaders pump up the fans in the student section as the kickoff takes place. The rest of the game is a mass combination of excitement, nerves, disbelief and celebration as we cheer on our team. It really is a treat to watch a high school football game underneath the Friday night lights.

While there are school fall sports, there are also professional fall sports, such as the NFL, that start up the first week of school. Living in Minnesota, the Vikings season opener is much anticipated. The first game of the Minnesota Gophers also interests a lot of people.

Whether you are a person who looks forward to the beginning of a new school year or not, I hope you can enjoy some of the many fall sports, amateur and professional, that are kicking off their new season.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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