When I started my freshman year in high school I was terrified….TERRIFIED!!! …but then I realized that it was all ok; everything was going to be fine. It was. I know for a fact that even if you won’t admit it, EVERYONE was a least a bit nervous for their first year of high school. I definitely was one of them! But, the feeling of calmness that you get after about a week of figuring out how you’re new school works? Well…it’s relief! So, if you are going to be entering high school this year, or just want to read for the fun, here are 15 tips I think will help you for a more stress-free first day!
1) Go to orientation!
I cannot simply stress this enough! Because if you do not go to orientation…well good luck with that! The fact is, its really intimidating having to walk into the building and into your first class,and the one way to relieve this stress of not knowing what to expect? Going to orientation of course! You get you’re schedule, a tour of the school, you get to meet all of you’re teachers and just get the feel about how high school will be:) Trust me, once you get through it you’ll laugh at yourself for being so nervous! It’s really no big deal, and in the end it’s just another school! Knowing what to expect before you walk through those doors can help you reduce the stress and anxiety of entering into 9th grade where everything seems so foreign to you. So orientation is something you simply cannot miss!
1) Make New Friends:)
Don’t be afraid to make new friends. It’s really important to be friendly in school, because it’s no fun going through high school alone! Make good, long lasting friends:) They say you don’t go in with the friends you come out with. They also say your friends will change often. However, that doesn’t have to be true if you find the good ones to start!
Keep in mind that you’re not guaranteed that your friends will share your lunch or study hall, so keep yourself open to finding others to sit with during those times. Other Freshmen will be going through the same situation as you, and they’ll need someone to sit with. If you see another Freshman struggling, open up a seat for them at your table:)
2) Join A Lot Of Clubs!
If you asked me what I most regretted the last school year, I would have said: not joining clubs!
Join an interesting club or sport, because high school is the time to try new things, and school has so many clubs to offer! Getting involved in extracurricular activities allows you to meet new people, find out what you’re interested in, and explore more of who you are:)
3) Relationships are overrated.
You don’t need to be in a relationship, or feel forced into some…even if you’re friends bug you into set-ups. Don’t ever feel pressured to date…and for the record…you’re still too young anyways! And, sure you’re friends may be in one, but it will only cause more stress and take up you’re time. In other words, don’t be afraid to be a single pringle!
4) Upperclassmen…They Aren’t That Scary
When you first enter high school, you’re just out of middle school and in eighth grade, and you were the oldest of the school…the upperclassmen in a way. But now? You’re back at the bottom, and it feels intimidating to say the least. The seniors are in they’re last year, and they have an understanding of the school that you don’t, and you can see it in their confidence and excitement about being at the top of the high school ladder, after three long and awaiting years. We can all see how this can be a bit intimidating, but honestly, upperclassmen really aren’t so bad. They may look super tall and scary at first, but they were in your same position years ago. They understand how you feel. You can always go to one of them if you have a question about anything. Plus, they can make pretty great friends:)
5) Popularity/status Doesn’t Matter
Popularity means nothing in high school, so don’t stress! Don’t worry about trying to impress people, because you really shouldn’t have to. The key to a good freshman year is to just be you and make people accept you for who you are!
Honestly, for the most part: status doesn’t mean anything after middle school because the school is just too big!
6) Homework/grades/gpa Are Now Really Important!
Doing the homework really benefits you. Sure, sometimes it may seem like busy work, but it’s only making you better! You need to be devoting a good amount of time on your homework. In turn, you will receive a satisfying grade and GPA: which is now really important to get into the colleges of you’re dreams so don’t slack off!
7) The Littlest Thing Might Get You Into Trouble:(
At my school, if you even dare to put on you’re sweater that is not the school color, isn’t Friday, or even worse…has a hoodie on it!? You can forget it! Seriously, you can get it taken away AND a detention. Yeah, it’s pretty stupid, but rules are rules! Make sure you are in-the-know about your school rules so you can avoid all those silly detentions. They do show up on your resume!
8) High schools tend to be larger than any other school you’ve ever attended. Getting lost and asking for help is something that you shouldn’t feel weird about doing! Ask seniors and teachers where a class is, and I am sure that they will help you out! Because honestly, the first day of school does tend to feel as if the building is twice the size, and you need a GPS to get from place to place! Don’t worry though:) In a couple of days, you will know where to go, the fastest ways to get there and more! So, take your schedule and walk it a few times before the first day of school, to help:)
9) Be yourself!
You will never make true friends unless you show them who you are! The fact that you are entering a new school gives you a new chance of showing you’re personality and letting others know who you are. It’s a clean slate, so make sure that you are 100% you, and you won’t regret it, because being someone you’re not just for the sake of impressing people is just not worth it, and sometimes it doesn’t even impress. So, don’t do that!
10) Don’t be nervous!
(Of course you’ll be nervous but try not to show it!) It’s not as bad after you’re 1st class, and finding where to sit at lunch. After that, it’s all easy. Don’t stress out and show people around you that you are calm and in control when everyone else is freaking out because they can’t find they’re next class! Doing this can show people that if you aren’t scared for you’re first day, they shouldn’t be either:)
11) Locker Combos Don’t Have To Be Scary!
Okay so maybe they are…at least for me….the whole year actually….I actually had a friend open the locker for me…every day…THE WHOLE YEAR! (Let’s just say he wasn’t thrilled with this, but I mean, I just COULD NOT GET IT TO OPEN!)
Moral of the story? Memorize your locker combination before the first day. Please? You’ll be doing yourself a huge favor, and avoid embarrassment.:p
12) Stereotypes Don’t Exist…For The Most Part…
High school does have social groups but unlike the stereotypes you have heard of they are not as pronounced, you aren’t automatically labeled as a group. The most important part to remember is that it is NOT like the movies, and people aren’t in cliques and are constantly bothering you. So, don’t worry!
Don’t over stress about high school, it’s just like any other school, sure the classes are harder and the school is bigger. But the mean teachers and the over stereotyped cliques? They just don’t exist!
13) You’ll See Familiar Faces!
Most of the people at your new school will be the same people from your middle school and elementary school. There will be a lot of new people you haven’t met yet, but for the most part they are familiar faces:) However, even if you’re high school is really big like mine, just think that all of the people you don’t know is potential friend of yours!
14) Teachers Expect More!
When you went from 6th grade to middle school, you saw your homework and difficulty of you’re schoolwork change to where it was more challenging. You can expect your freshman year that it won’t be much different. Expectations from your teachers will be much greater than it was before. You’ll have more homework, more papers, and harder exams, so learning how to study well is incredibly important in high school!
15) Have fun!
You’re finally in high school, so do you’re best, make friends and have fun:) Don’t worry about you’re first day, because I promise it will be over before you even realize, and you will fit right it!
Hope this helped! Best wishes and good luck!
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