For newbies entering high school, the freshman year will be a BIG transition from middle school. You’ll move to a new building, take more intense classes, meet new people, and start seriously thinking about your future. I know for me, after hearing many perspectives about high school, I was beginning to wonder if it would be anything like I watched on TV. I’d come to realize that my expectations were a bit far-fetched. High school is a different monster! Luckily for you I have come up with 10 crucial tips to get you started on your high school journey.
- Be conscious of who you hang with.
It is a simple rule of the universe; you become who and what you surround yourself with.
- Don’t be naive, everyone is NOT your friend.
Friends come and go, so avoid getting into cliques. Keep your circle and options open.
- Focus on achieving good grades.
Avoid allowing your grades to plummet because it is going to be difficult to bring them up.
- Avoid Drama.
By avoiding drama you’re living a more peaceful and relaxing life.
- Focus on yourself, not others.
Focusing on yourself allows you to discover more interests and keeps you out of drama (see #4).
- Get lost in music.
Enjoying your favorite music can reduce stress and anxiety. It can also lift your mood.
- Childhood antics have to be put aside.
Teachers, counselors and high school staff will make an effort to prepare you for adulthood. Pay attention and make good choices.
- Be sure to complete your assignments.
The work is just extra practice on what you have learned in that subject. You should complete assignments because most assignments prepare you for a pop quiz or upcoming tests.
- Stay organized.
By staying organized, you can save time looking for things and will have more time working on important tasks.
- Don’t live to impress. Live to inspire.
Give up your desire to impress everyone you meet; but never give up your desire to inspire everyone you meet.
Don’t fret. I didn’t get everything right the first go round either. I am hopeful that these tips will help you avoid some of my first year mistakes. Remember to have fun, make memories, and live in the moment. Let’s make a pact to enjoy what are supposed to be the best four years of our lives.
By Trinity Harris, Sophomore, Thornton Fractional South