Back to school can be a stressful time. Coming into a new environment and feeling like the little fish in a big pond can make anyone nervous. For freshmen who are just arriving to the high school, all the new choices you need to make may be overwhelming. Between classes, friends, teachers, homework, and scheduling it may be difficult. This article is going to be your guide to navigating high school using the advice that your peers wish they knew when they were freshmen.

Classes may seem daunting when you first begin at the high school. The first challenge is always being able to actually find the class you’re trying to attend. By the time this issue comes out everyone should be accustomed to their schedule, but either way a good rule to always remember is that teachers are there to help you. This rule applies to more than just finding your way to class. Teachers are there to help you succeed; never be afraid to ask a teacher if you need help whether it be with directions, schoolwork, or just needing to talk. Your teachers are there to support you and help you achieve your goals.

High School is very different than middle school in a lot of ways, one of the ways that stands out the most is the increased level of homework assigned per night. No one likes homework, but it is essential to stay on top of it. The only way to succeed is to do your homework, there is no way around it. It is important to focus on staying motivated when it comes to completing all your homework each night. Although it may seem appealing, starting your homework as soon as you get home or at least at the same time everyday is essential to staying organized. Procrastination can only be combatted with motivation, if you wait until you feel like doing your homework you’ll never get it done.

Students that have already been through the high school often reflect on things they could’ve done differently throughout their experience. Kaci Walter, a junior, suggests that new students “Get involved early. Joining clubs is a great way to meet new people and make friends. IF you join clubs freshman year you’re setting yourself up for leadership positions later.” Abhiram Vagvala, another junior, advised freshmen “Don’t be afraid to take a lot of honors or AP classes, but don’t feel pressure to take them if you can’t handle them.”

The most important thing to remember when it comes to navigating High School is to focus on getting involved. The high school has countless clubs to offer and numerous other ways to get involved and participate as a part of the community. It is important to take advantage of these opportunities in order to meet new people and create a positive experience for yourself.  



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