Newbie To High School?
So, your a freshman of the high school. Nice fresh meat for the seniors,eh? Well, it can be tough. It’s up to you, though, if you want high school to be the best or worst years of your life. Lucky for you! Here’s your Survival Guide: Freshman Edition. Hot off the press just for you. What are you waiting for?! Get to reading.
Okay, first lets just give you an outline of what we will cover.
- First Impression
- Social Status
Making a great first impression can benefit you tremendously. How people see you in their mind can decide a number of things. First impressions can be hard to change, too. People will evaluate you when they first see you based on your appearance, your body language, you manners, and even how you are dressed.
Tips To Make a Great First Impression
- Make good first impressions, especially on teachers. The impressions you make during the first week of school affect your entire high school career…with most teachers, if they get it in their heads that you’re a good student early you won half the battle. Be sure to be on time for every class during this short period of judgment. When all of your teachers hand you those syllabus papers to get signed, try to bring it back the next day. Even though it is easy to forget, try. In regards to your fellow classmates; be yourself. It is important to earn the respect and companionship of your peers early on in the school year.
- Be on time. Nobody likes to wait around on someone; then hear their nice little excuse of why they are late.
- Be yourself. If you feel nervous or jumpy, it can ’cause other people to feel the same around you. Have a solid platform to work with be confident and relaxed!
- Dress appropriately. Don’t meet someone for the first time looking like a total slob! Dress for success. Be well groomed, don’t be gross. It’s not attractive at all to look a mess: hair everywhere, make up (if any) smeared on, and clothes just seemingly thrown to your body.
- Make Small Talk! Make sure to listen to what the other person is saying-PAY ATTENTION! Be courteous & respect what they have to say.
- SMILE! SMILE! SMILE!
- Find a group of people to sit with at lunch as soon as possible! The lunch “break” that high-schoolers are allowed is, at first, one of the most stressful experiences of the beginning of the year. If you spot some of your middle school friends gathering together at a table, join in. Be aware, though, that these seating arrangements are often permanent. Pick your table wisely.
- Find someone who you can follow to class; like a stalker. If Ashley or Josh are in both your first and second periods, then he/she can help you find your way to your next class. High Schools are big and scary at first, so it can’t hurt to have your own personal tour guide. If your classmate is as lost as you are, at least you won’t be lost alone.
- Do not procrastinate. The sooner you get things done, the more time you will have to do the things you like to do. No matter how much you would love to plop down in front of the T.V. after a hard day, try to get to work as soon as possible.
- Try to make some friends. If you see someone from one of your classes at lunch say something like, “I think you’re in my math class right?” Or you could compliment them; “I like your shirt, where did you get it at?” Make people feel comfortable, without seeming like a stalker. If you don’t smile and have a look on your face that shows you’re mad, people will think you are unapproachable and might become too intimidated to talk to you. Join different clubs — like sports , band, newspaper etc. It’ll be easier for you to connect with people you have similar interests to.
- Even if you aren’t having a good day, try to stay positive. When you walk past people in the hall, instead of ignoring them just say a simple “Hi, [the person’s name].”
- Talk to lots of people — the popular people, shy people, people in your class, etc. Try to get yourself out there and known.
- Do not lose touch with your friends. Friends are your life-jackets in the shipwreck of high school — without them, you could sink. Everyone needs someone to lean on and someone who cares. Stick with those who know you best and like you for who you are. Make an effort to balance time making new friends and time hanging out with old ones.
- Accept change. Accept change in your friends. Accept change in your school. Accept change in your teachers. Accept change in yourself. High school is a huge part of your life, and from here on out, there’s no going back. Do not try to keep things from changing, because change is good. Watch people around you become who they are going to be.
- Study! Many people find flashcards helpful studying tools. Flashcards are one of the most efficient ways of studying because by making them, you have already begun to study. Writing down the questions and answers on note cards helps the information stick in your brain just long enough to take that pesky midterm.
- Be involved in some sort of extracurricular activity and after school activities. Fall sports that begin before school are always a plus because they allow you to meet new people and make new friends before school even begins. High school is a great time to figure out what you are interested in, and follow your interests through clubs and sports. These activities are also a crucial part of your college application. As more and more people apply to colleges every year, colleges become more and more focused on the smaller details — such as your extracurricular activities.
- Eat breakfast and lunch. Whether you eat in the cafeteria or bring your food to school, your brain/body needs energy to perform. It’s a scientifically proven fact that the average high-school student performs better on a healthy meal as opposed to an unhealthy meal, or even worse — no meal at all. Bring an extra granola bar to soccer practice, and keep one in your locker.
- Try something new to celebrate your beginning in high school. For example, you can try a new perfume or cologne, get your hair cut, or read a new book. Think of what you want to show the world, then put your best foot forward and make that change.
- Be organized! This will save you tons of heartache and extra homework. Keep separate binders, folders, and so on for each class, and remember (however hard it is) to write down ALL your homework in a planner. If you don’t have the time (or energy) to take out your agenda, simply apply a sticky note to the top of your binder, and write homework as it gets assigned that day. This way you don’t have to open and close your binder every time homework is assigned. Remember, this method only works if you actually keep a sticky note on your binder — and write down your homework.
- Keep an agenda or a ‘To Do’ list! If you’re forgetful, this will come in handy, ”big time.” Anytime you get homework or a project, just scribble it in your agenda, or on that sticky note you stuck on your binder. You could also keep a mini white-dry-erase-board in your locker, or on your bedroom wall.
- Be yourself. If people don’t like you the way you are, too bad. They are missing out. You can find true friends just by being yourself. However, you will need to step outside the box. If you’re shy, approach somebody who seems to be nice and you think shares your interests and ”introduce yourself”. A simple greeting will do. If they don’t know you exist, they can’t become your friend — it’s a law of physics.
- Don’t give into peer pressure. If someone tells you “Hey, come here and try a cigarette!” just ignore them and walk away. Smoking is bad for your lungs — and it makes your teeth look nasty. This applies to everything. Only participate in something if you ”want” to. If you’re simply curious, think twice. Ask yourself whether [a friend you look up to] would do this. Remember, it’s your life, your high-school years. Do what ”you” want to do. Do what’s right!
High School Freshmen
Applying to college can be a daunting process. Luckily, with the help of this timeline, you can feel confident when application deadlines draw near. Well, except for those pesky stomach butterflies. If you follow this schedule, you will be more than ready when the time to apply rolls around. While your classmates run around ripping out their hair, you can sit back and relax. By then, this will all be a piece of cake.
Meet With Your Counselor
Your counselor can help you plan a schedule and choose sufficiently challenging classes. When reviewing your records, colleges take into consideration both your GPA and the amount of effort required to earn it. If you were not automatically placed in advanced classes, think about asking to be placed in them. Many high schools will allow you to move to an accelerated class if you are successful at the current one. Others will want you to pass a test if you would like to change your schedule. Whatever the requirements, it doesn’t hurt to try.
Involve Yourself In Extracurricular Activities
Getting involved in outside activities will make your application stand out. Whether it’s finding a part-time job, joining a club, or helping out in the community, becoming a part of something shows that you could handle more than homework. Colleges are interested in someone who is unique and who will contribute to their school. Whichever activity you choose, stick with it. Being able to commit to high school activities shows that you will likely commit to college ones.