Alexis Robinson, Pershelle Rohrer, Jackson Mallory, Natalie Barfuss
As upperclassmen we know how hard it is to be freshman, so we put these ideas together in what we call the Freshman Survival Guide. We hope that this guide will help you face the rest of the school year and give a good foundation for the rest of your high school years.
One of the biggest recommendations that we have for freshmen is to make friends and be social. This includes people from all classes. Make friends with people in your own class because they will be with you for your entire high school career, and befriend upperclassmen as mentors. The more friends you have, the bigger support group that you have. If you are in a relationship, do not isolate yourself from your other friends for one person. You may not always have that one person with you, and it is not worth losing your other friends over someone that may only be a temporary part of your life. Trust us it’s not worth it.
Another recommendation that we have is to respect your teachers and be friendly to them. They are there to help you, and they will be some of your biggest supporters as you go throughout your high school years. If you form close bonds with some of your teachers, they can recommend you for colleges, scholarships, and jobs as an upperclassman. They can be one of your biggest assets if you are nice and respectful to them.
Have pride in your school, and get involved in as many activities and extracurriculars as you can. Go to games, join clubs, play on a sports team, go to dances, and participate in the school’s biggest activities. Freshman year is one of the best times to explore these things because pep assemblies and other activities are usually best enjoyed as a freshman. Dances are fun to go to, and some people want to go with someone. Here is something one of our seniors said: “If you are a girl, don’t be afraid to ask a guy to a dance. They are idiots and wait till the last minute. Just do it.” Asking someone to a dance is not a right reserved just for the guys. Don’t be afraid to ask someone to a dance, no matter who you are.
During freshman year it is good to develop certain skills to help you throughout high school and college. One of them is to get a good note taking method. Notes are good study tools that help you retain information from your classes, and they will be essential as your classes become more challenging. Put some money aside for emergencies and savings, and don’t spend it all in one place. As a freshman, the future may not seem that expensive, but college and living expenses are important to save up for, even if they seem like they are a long ways away. Writing may not be the most enjoyable thing to do, but developing good writing skills will make your education much easier as you approach college. Obey the rules when it comes to school and other places. If you obey the rules it helps your conscience, and others will not mark you as a rule breaker, which helps your reputation. If you try your best in school and get the work done, all that matters is that you put in the best effort you can.
Above all, the biggest piece of advice we have for you is to be yourself. Be loud, get excited, and be weird. Popularity may sound amazing, but it is not everything. Find friends who will accept you for you. Don’t change yourself to fit in with the crowd. Stand out, and stay true to you.
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