Freshman year can be really scary. Stepping into the halls of a gigantic high school filled with a bunch of older kids is certainly not easy. But, lucky for you, there are a few things you can do to hopefully ease a little of your tension and help you have a successful, fun, stress-free freshman year!
- Become friends with upperclassmen: Having an in with the older kids is definitely a good thing. Not only will you get great advice on things to do and mistakes to avoid from people who very recently experienced the same things you’re experiencing, but it’s also just nice to know you have some friends outside of your own grade. Branching out is never a bad thing.
- Join a sport/club/activity: Being on a team not only allows you to have fun doing whatever activity it is that you enjoy, but it also helps you meet a ton of people. Having a constant group of people you enjoy spending time with and who share your passions can be really awesome and add a sense of security knowing you have a place where you belong.
- Be nice to everyone: Freshman year is not the time to be cutting ties with anyone. You want to create the best possible impressions on everyone so definitely try to stay on people’s good sides. As you get older, you figure out who your real friends are and all that, but you want to be keeping your options open as much as you can while you’re a freshman.
- Be as prepared as you can be: Headphones, Tylenol, Kleenex, deodorant for after PE, extra glasses if you wear contacts, and lots of lined paper are necessities at school. You don’t want to be left having to ask people for this stuff every day–it’s going to annoy them, and you should be independent anyway. It’s the scariest to be needing one of these and not have it when you’re a freshman and you’re already overwhelmed by high school.
- Make an EFFORT: A lot of people regret not trying in their classes or with other people their freshman year. It’s important to get off to a good start!
ADVICE OF THE DAY: At the end of the day, don’t stress too much. Even if your classes seem tough, or the upperclassmen scary, you’re going to survive and it’ll all be fine 🙂