It’s finally here.
Your freshman year. You FINALLY are a high-schooler, and you can’t wait for what comes with high school. A fight song, Friday night football, and new people to make friends with. While you may be nervous for the switch, it’s nothing to worry about – as long as you do it right. Here are the top 3 things you need to do in order to survive the new school:
1. Do your homework – all of it, and every time.
There is nothing more stressful than trying to catch up on all of your missing assignments. This will cause problems in every aspect of your life. Your parents will be upset about your grades, you will do worse on tests due to your lack of studying, and most of all, it is harder to start doing homework regularly once you quit. On a personal note, I lost my chance of a full-ride to my university simply because I didn’t do my homework. I always aced my tests, and received an amazing score on my ACT, but because my homework brought down my grades, my GPA was lower. Thus, no full-ride for this guy.
2. Join some clubs or do a sport (but don’t go overboard).
This is high school. You only get to experience it once in your life, and many of the sports and clubs you are offered in high school will be the only chance in your life to do such a thing (unless you go play professional sports, which is highly unlikely). Not only will you enjoy doing such a sport, but it will make it easier to meet new people and make friends. Not only is it good for your own enjoyment and social life, but colleges love to see an extracurricular on your application (scholarships too). Plus, studies show that students who do sports tend to have better grades than those who don’t.
3. Follow the rules, and remember that school comes first.
It may sound simple, but a lot of kids choose to break the rules to be “cool” or because they simply don’t agree with them. However, you will save yourself so much trouble, and teachers will like you more than a trouble maker (just don’t be a teacher’s pet, both students and teachers tend to hate that). If you are pressured by friends to break the rules, they probably aren’t good friends to begin with.
Also, remember that despite all of the crazy things that will be going on, you are there to learn. While a boyfriend or girlfriend may be causing you problems, don’t let that distract you from your learning. If you find yourself getting distracted from homework or studying because of a sport or activity, try seeking help from a counselor or try talking to your coach and explain your problem. He or she will most likely understand, after all most schools have a rule that you must have good grades to participate.
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