Transitioning from middle school to high school can seem daunting to teenagers, but it’s not always as tough as it appears. Actually, it’s simply a matter of getting ready for this new phase of academic life.
If you’re an incoming freshman, you’ve probably heard of all kinds of stories about high school from your own family or even from the media.
The good news is that most of the things you’re probably worried about are not as important as you think they are. And if you ask other people who’ve once been in your shoes, you’ll be happy to know that most of them were able to adjust within their first few months as a freshman. While making your own adjustments, remember the following tips:
Grades make a difference.
Yes, grades matter in most cases. You need to do your best, considering that colleges put a lot of weight on their applicants’ high school grades before deciding to accept or reject them.
Don’t fear upperclassmen.
Somehow, there seems to be that “belief” among freshmen that they should be ready to be bullied by upperclassmen. Truth is, this isn’t as big a problem as it sounds because freshmen and upperclassmen have very little interaction. Besides, when it comes to bullying, most schools now have a zero-tolerance policy.
Be serious with your classes.
The classes you take throughout your entire high school career, not just in your freshman year, will help prepare you for college and your future job. Some classes teach trades such as refrigeration, mechanics, etc., while others allow you to gain college credits before your high school graduation.
As opposed to middle school, teachers in high school expect their students to come to class prepared. Certainly, this include doing all assigned homework and studying for tests.
Make smart decisions.
As a high school student, you will now have more freedom than you ever enjoyed in middle school. However, keep in mind that this is accompanied by consequences for every choice or decision you make. Therefore, do not be reckless with this freedom as what you do with it can affect your life long after you’ve stepped out of high school.
Do not succumb to peer pressure.
If you dream of success later on in life, be responsible and just do what you have to do. It’s not going to be easy, and it’s okay to have a good time as long as you’re aware of your limits.
High school is an important part of your academic and personal development. The best way to make the best of it as a freshman is to embrace it with positivity and responsibility.