A lot of teenagers think it’s scary to transition from middle school to high school, but it’s not really as hard as it may seem. In reality, it’s just a matter of being ready for the brand new chapter of their school 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 if you ask other people who’ve once been in your shoes, you’ll be happy to know that most of them were able to adjust within their first few months as a freshman. As you make your own adjustments, keep the following tips in mind:
Grades make a difference.
Yes, grades count almost always. You should give it your best because colleges always look at applicants’ high school grades when they decide whether or not to accept them.
Don’t fear upperclassmen.
Somehow, there seems to be that notion that upperclassmen bullying freshmen is normal. Truth is, this isn’t as big a problem as it sounds because freshmen and upperclassmen have very little interaction. Besides, these days, most schools implement a zero-tolerance policy against bullying.
Be serious with your classes.
The classes you take throughout high school (not just during your freshman year) prepare you for college and your future profession. 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.
In contrast to middle school, teachers in high school expect their students to attend their classes well-prepared. Of course, this includes studying for tests and doing all homework assigned during class.
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. Thus, use this freedom with care because what you do with it can impact your life long after high school.
Stand strong against peer pressure.
If you want to have a good life later on with your future family, be a responsible teen and do what is expected of you. It won’t be easy, and it’s fine to enjoy provided you know your limits.
High school is an important part of your academic and personal development. The best way to make the best of it as a freshman is to embrace it with positivity and responsibility.