Fear, excitement, stress and confusion: familiar emotions overtaking the minds of freshmen this year and every year when starting their high school career. Most freshmen will experience more than one of those feelings, but the important thing to remember is every person in the school is or has been in the same spot.
Maybe in junior high you could get away with that massive, overflowing binder that seemed to magically eat yesterday’s homework and worksheets. That one people were afraid to even walk past for fear it will choose that moment to explode in a disarray of ripped and unfinished papers. First and foremost, freshmen, it is time to get organized. In high school the workload and overall expectations are much higher, so it is important now more than ever to keep the chaos in check.
When it comes to homework, it can be stressful at times, but it is important not to take it lightly.
“Do your homework now because later it will come back to haunt you,” senior Marissa Vernoia said. “You may think a five point homework doesn’t matter, but at the end of the marking period those five points could be the difference between a B and a C.”
Many students worry about not being able to find their way around. If that is a problem, one trick is to take the map every freshman receives and color code it. For example: in red, trace a path from first period to second period, and trace in orange from second to third, and so on and so on. A little side note; do not stop in the middle of the hallway to socialize. Not only do you risk being late, but people typically are not happy when they suddenly turn into bumper cars while walking to class.
Students hear it over and over again from the adults in their life; “Get involved!” As much as most teenagers would prefer going home to sleep, hang out with friends or simply do nothing at all, being involved is more beneficial than most realize. Many adults regret not taking the opportunity to be more involved in their school. Clubs and sports are fantastic ways to meet new people, and any extracurriculars look outstanding on college applications.
Speaking of college, do not be needlessly stressed over every detail of it now. However, it is important not to neglect it. It is never too soon to start looking and learning. Freshman year is a perfect time to really explore who you are and experiment with old or new interests and abilities.
Four years of high school seem like a long time, but be assured the time will fly by. Some of the best advice to freshmen is to appreciate the free education now, love your friends and have fun with the whole experience. Put the best effort forward, but do not sweat the small stuff. That failed math test will not ruin the future, but while prepping for the future, don’t forget to enjoy the present.
If you are still having trouble finding your way around the high school, read this article about the school-based app that can show you around the school.