Tips for Incoming High School Freshman
1. Don't be afraid to make new friends and loose old ones: Your high school is most likely going to be combination of many different middle school, so their will be new people to get to know. Based on the types of classes that you take, you will have certain people in your classes and may loose touch with others. You'll also join clubs and meet people with the same interests and values as you.
2. Focus on your grades, they matter for college: Don't slack off freshman year, because you think colleges won't care about it. Trust me colleges care about every detail of every year. In my opinion, you should absolutely try to do the best possible, because then later on when you're looking at colleges and careers you have as many options available as possible.
3. Get involved, try lots of different activities: Find where you feel that you fit in within your school, and find the people that you feel comfortable with. Always check your school's website for a full list of all the clubs and activities because their may be one that you have never heard of that totally catches your eye.
4. Don't be too nervous about getting lost: I promise you once you get there it will be easier, but if your having difficulty just ask a teacher and they'll be glad to help point you in the right direction. No one will ever mock you for it, because everyone is feeling nervous and anxious on the first day or two.
5. Upperclassman will not bully or be mean to you, so feel free to talk to them: I know there are preconceived notions that upperclassman will be mean to you, but that is just not the case. They probably have a lot of cool insight and tips they can share and I promise they won't be annoyed with you. Be sure to join them in the student section at the ballgames. It is always fun cheering for our Brewer Patriots!
6. Get a planner or calendar and make yourself accountable: This is one of what I think is the most important tip! You will not get a million reminders about assignments and due dates so it is up to you to keep track of when everything is. A planner is by far the easiest way to do this, just make sure that you keep it up to date and check it often.
7. Start thinking about the future, but don't stress about it: Start thinking about what classes you love and what clubs interest you and use it to guide your future plans. The most important thing is that if you are still totally confused about what you want to do, don't stress because you have plenty more classes to explore the next four years.
8. Stay organized all year long, and find your system: Whether you want to use notebooks or binders find the way that you want to organize and stick with it. Don't just start shoving all your papers in the pockets, because when final exams come around you will really regret it. I suggest organizing by each unit that you do in class using dividers. Take time to really stay organized and I promise you will be thanking me later.
9. Be yourself, and don't conform to everyone else: Don't change your morals or your values just because a friend does. Be true to what you believe and what you want to do with your life. Don't feel bad if you want to do something different, because in the future you will be happy that you followed your heart and did what you wanted. This also applies to fashion, please don't ever loose your personal sense of style to follow everyone else's trends.
10. Do all the school sponsored activities: Go to anything and everything, such as homecoming and sporting events. These are the really fun things that will create everlasting memories for you in your life. Plus these things will help you make some really great friends.
The most important thing is just to be confident in yourself and know that you will have a great year.