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 your worries are likely not as important as you think. And based on the experiences of those who were once in your shoes, you should be able to adjust to high school within the first few months of your freshman year. As you make your own adjustments, keep the following tips in mind:
Yes, grades almost always make a difference. 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 be scared of upperclassmen.
Somehow, there seems to be that “belief” among freshmen that they should be ready to be bullied by upperclassmen. Truth is, this isn’t as big a problem as it sounds because freshmen and upperclassmen have very little interaction. Besides, most schools nowadays have a zero-tolerance policy in terms of bullying.
Take your coursework 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. Some classes teach trades such as refrigeration, mechanics, etc., while others allow you to gain college credits before your high school graduation.
In contrast to middle school, teachers in high school expect their students to attend their classes well-prepared. Certainly, this include doing all assigned homework and studying for tests.
Make smart decisions.
As a high school student, you will now have more freedom than you ever enjoyed in middle school. However, keep in mind that this is accompanied by consequences for every choice or 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 dream of success later on in life, be responsible and just do what you have to do. It won’t be easy, and it’s fine to enjoy provided you know your limits.
High school plays a major part in 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.