Advice for Incoming High School Freshmen
Transitioning from middle school to high school can seem daunting to teenagers, but it’s not always as tough as it appears. Actually, it’s simply a matter of getting ready for this new phase of academic life.
As an incoming freshman, you’ve likely heard a lot of stories about high school from the media and even from your own family.
The good news is that most of the things you’re probably worried about are not as important as you think they are. And looking into the experiences of those who’ve once filled your shoes, most of them took only a few months to adjust to high school life. As you make your own adjustments, keep the following tips in mind:
Yes, grades almost always make a difference. You need to do your best, considering that colleges put a lot of weight on their applicants’ high school grades before deciding to accept or reject them.
Don’t be scared of upperclassmen.
Somehow, some freshmen believe that they have to prepare for bullying by upperclassmen. This isn’t as serious a problem as it sounds though, because freshmen and upperclassmen barely even have any interaction. Besides, when it comes to bullying, most schools now have a zero-tolerance policy.
Take your classes seriously.
The classes you take throughout your entire high school career, not just in your freshman year, will help prepare you for college and your future job. There are advanced placement classes that let you earn college credits while you’re still in high school, while other classes teach trades like electronics or mechanics.
As opposed to middle school, teachers in high school expect their students to come to class prepared. Definitely, this includes studying for quizzes or tests and doing homework.
Be wise with your decisions.
Now that you’re a high school student, you will enjoy a lot more freedom compared to when you were still in middle school. However, always remember this comes with consequences for each decision you make. Hence, use your freedom wisely because whatever you do with it can affect your life years or even decades after high school.
Do not succumb to peer pressure.
If you want to be successful later on in life, do what you’re supposed to do. It’s not going to be easy, and it’s okay to have a good time as long as you’re aware of your limits.
High school has a major part to play in your academic and personal development. The best way to make it work as a freshman is to embrace it with optimism and a desire to succeed.