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May 20, 2013

Surviving High School: Tips for Incoming Freshmen

by Mervelline Aflata

The transition from middle school to high school can often be intimidating, not only for the student but for the parents as well. It’s also a scary change because not only are the students switching schools, they’re moving into a whole new environment. Besides the bigger buildings and unfamiliar campus, the beginning of high school can be intimidating because students are forced to leave the safety of middle school to explore the jungles of high school. Students must deal with new teachers, different academic standards, and students who can be as much 3 years older than they are. The switch from middle school to high school can be disastrous for some students seeing as more kids fail the ninth grade than any other grade but it can definitely be a smooth transition as well.

Navigating the way through high school can be very tricky due to the excessive peer pressure that most students are exposed to that they never knew about in middle school. As a high school senior and soon to be graduated, I‘ve definitely had some high points and low points in my four years. Here are a few tips that might make transitioning into high school less intimidating.

1. Don’t be afraid to branch out to your fellow classmates and make new friends. Chances are, you and your middle school “bffl” won’t be as close as you once were because high school does change people so it’s always good to get to know other people. It’s also great to start fresh, friendship-wise, and get to know people as time progresses. Joining a club is a great way to make new friends with people who share the same interests as you.
2. Teachers are not your enemy! It’s no secret that academics become increasingly important in high school (YES! Freshmen year does count!), so using your teacher as a resource will only help you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions because you certainly won’t get anything done correctly if you don’t know what you’re doing.
3. Being “popular” may be portrayed as the coolest thing ever in movies but it means nothing in the real world. It’s always great to have a great group of friends who you can hang out with and share your deepest secrets but the more friends you have the more drama you bring into your life. Lastly, being popular never won anyone a Nobel Peace Prize or gotten them into college. Be yourself, it’s way more appealing.

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