Get Pumped for High School!
If you’re nervous about starting high school or unsure what to expect, keep reading and relax. Many people find high school is the best part of their education and even of their lives. High school teaches a greater variety of subjects that will prepare you for college and your career. After school, you can make new friends by being part of an after school club, fine arts group, or sports team. Here’s a glimpse of what to expect, along with tips for rocking your high school years.
What to Expect
Expect your first week to be a bit overwhelming, with lots and lots of other teenagers and noise. Don’t expect high school to be exactly like a party, though. Teachers will have higher expectations of you than your previous teachers did, especially when you’re in classes that have students from different grade levels. It may or may not be easy to find your classes, depending on whether the numbering system of the building makes sense.
Once upperclassmen know you’re a freshman, expect them to boss you around or recruit you for after school activities. The variety of these activities may make it hard for you not to sign up for too many. If you don’t find an activity that appeals to you, you may be able to create your own organization with like-minded peers and a teacher willing to take charge.
Tips for Success
Be careful whom you hang around with. Those who pay attention and participate in class are likely to be responsible, unlike those who play with their phones during class and litter the halls. Very popular students might seem nice but might not be in reality. Girls, don’t date juniors and seniors—it’s just a bad idea. Remember that what you learn in class is more important than other people’s drama.
Memorize where your classes are before the first day of school so that you’re not getting lost or holding up traffic in the halls. Speaking of halls, don’t stop in the middle of the hall or walk on the left side of it. If you need to talk to someone in the hall, “pull over” and stand against a locker or wall.
Balance academics with extracurricular activities. Extracurricular activities are terrific ways to have fun and make friends, but schoolwork comes first. Definitely get involved because you can pick up life skills and fitness through sports, display and develop your talents through fine arts, and make a difference through service organizations. To round out your education, take a few classes that will prepare you for careers, such as journalism, computer programming, and auto mechanics.
High school brings both opportunities and challenges in the social and academic worlds. You’ll probably enjoy this period if you know what to expect, choose your friends carefully, and balance academics and extracurricular activities. Make the most of this stage of your education!
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