As many Smart Girls prepare to make the transition from middle school to high school. excitement but also some fear are common emotions to feel. It is a time of great change, filled with ups and downs. Some days will be great and others won’t be so great. These tips will take away all that nervousness and will allow incoming freshman to walk into their first day of high school confidently and have a great year.
The first tip in order to have a great high school experience is to get involved. Whether you have a small school or a very large school, getting involved doing something you love can help you find your place. If you are athletic, try out for a sports team. If you are more of an artistic person, audition for a play, join the art club or play an instrument in the band or orchestra. Most high schools have many clubs and there is generally something for everyone. Community service, whether it is volunteering at a hospital or soup kitchen or raising money for a charity, is also something to consider. Service is incredibly rewarding and also can be something to put on your college applications down the road. Getting involved in some kind of organization or sport in high school can help you meet people who share the same interests as you as well as be involved in something that you are truly passionate about.
Another piece of advice for incoming freshman is to stay focused on academics. Although as a freshman the last thing on your mind is college and your future, it is important to start off on the right foot. Try your best in all your classes. If you are struggling with a class or concept, ask for help, whether from your teacher, an older friend or classmate. Finding a balance between having fun and doing well in school is so important and the earlier you figure it out, the better time you will have. The last thing you want to happen is starting to apply for college and realizing too late that you haven’t done as well as you could have. By staying on top of your schoolwork from freshman year, you won’t have to worry about that.
Finally, just be yourself. High school is a time to figure out who you are, who your friends are and what you want to do with your life. Don’t get obsessed with being the most popular person in school or following the latest trends and having the most expensive things. Be friends with who you want to be friends with, wear what you like and don’t feel pressured to do anything you don’t feel comfortable with. Having this insight early on in high school will make the experience much more enjoyable.
High school is what you make of it, either a great 4 years or 4 not so great years. Follow these simple tips to feel confident on your first day and make your high school experience great.