Freshman year is a crucial time in your life. You have finally grown out of middle school, and it is now time to hang with the big kids. These simple tips will help you get through that oh-so-stressful freshman year, and maybe even make an impression!
- Make good first impressions, especially on teachers. The impressions you make during the first week of school affect your entire high school career…with most teachers, if they get it in their heads that you’re a good student early you won half the battle. Be sure to be on time for every class during this short period of judgment. When all of your teachers hand you those syllabus papers to get signed, try to bring it back the next day. Even though it is easy to forget, try. When dealing with your fellow classmates, be yourself. It is important to earn the respect and companionship of your peers early on in the school year.
- Find a group of people to sit with at lunch–as soon as possible. Your lunch break does not need to be a lonely experience. If you spot some of your middle school friends gathering at a table, join in. Also, eat lunch–your body needs energy to perform.
- Find someone who you can follow to class; like a stalker. If Ashley or Josh are in both your first and second periods, then they can help you find your way to your next class. It can’t hurt to have your own personal tour guide. If your classmates are as lost as you are, at least you won’t be lost alone.
- Do not procrastinate. The sooner you get things done, the more time you will have to do the things you like to do. No matter how much you would love to plop down in front of the TV after a hard day, try to get to work as soon as possible.
- Keep your friends for survival. Do not let go. Friends are the life jackets in the shipwreck of high school–without them you could sink. Everyone needs someone to lean on and someone who cares. Stick with those who know you best and like you for who you are.
- Accept change. Accept change in your friends, in your school, in your teachers, and most of all, in YOURSELF! High school is a huge part of your life, and from here on out, there is no going back. Do not try to keep things from changing, because change can be good!
- Study, study, and study! Many people find flashcards helpful studying tools. Flashcards are one of the most efficient ways of studying because by making them, you have already begun to absorb the material. Writing down the questions and answers on note cards helps the information stick in your brain just long enough to take that pesky midterm.
- Be involved in extracurricular activities. Fall activities are always a plus because they allow you to meet new people and make new friends before school even begins. High school is a great time to figure out what you are interested in, and follow your interests through clubs and sports. These activities are also a crucial part of your college application. As more and more people apply to colleges every year, institutions become more focused on the smaller details, such as your extracurricular activities.
(Reprinted from “How to Survive Your Freshman Year in High School,” WikiHow, www.wikihow.com.)