Starting High School
High school is a scary change from Junior High or Elementary School. The first week is confusing, fun, exciting, stressful, and wonderful. The routine of classes and breaks will soon become normal.
Your high school career lasts four years, how those years are filled is up to you. As you grow into an adult in high school, you will make important decisions about how you learn and how you will earn your living after school. If you plan for college now, you will be successful in earning a college degree. Waiting until you are a senior to prepare for college will limit your chances for college success.
Even if you don’t think you will go to college you will need a high school degree to find any job that pays more than minimum wage. It is important for you to stay in school as long as possible in order to have a future without poverty.
If your school has a large campus and you are not familiar with the layout, be sure to attend the summer orientation program. If you can’t make it to the scheduled orientation, go to the school with an adult and learn where your classes and lockers are before the first day of school.
Orientation is a opportunity to meet other new students and to meet the staff and teachers you will be working with for the school year. Parents have the same opportunity to meet other parents of the freshman class at your high school.
High school has many fun extracurricular activities including sports, clubs, drama, band, and more. Finding out what you will enjoy in the way of hobbies and healthy activities is a big part of the high school experience. Trying different activities is important and allows you to discover your talents.
Joining a group like student government, debate, cheer-leading, and other extracurricular activities keeps you healthy and connected with other students who have similar interests.
Course work in high school seems to be harder at first, but it is possible to earn good grades. You will learn more about the same subjects you studied in junior high school. Your teachers and other staff are ready to help if you begin to struggle with homework or if you have difficulty understanding a subject. The internet is a valuable learning tool and your school will have access to online information for your research and learning needs.
Resources like the library, internet search engines like Google and Bing, and educational videos from sites like YouTube, will help you learn. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, there are other students with the same questions, and the teachers use questions to adjust lessons so everyone can learn.
Tips for Freshmen Girls
Say hi to the people in seats next to you in class
Have a positive attitude and others will too
If you sit alone at lunch, trust that someone will sit with you
Be organized, use a whiteboard at home and in your locker for due dates
Get a phone number of someone from each class
Take notes and read them before a quiz or test
Be assertive but do not be mean
Do not ever go to a party alone
Have or be a designated driver
Be careful what you say, teen-agers do not keep secrets well
Believe what you see and do not spread rumors
Talking helps, try to use “I feel” messages and others will too
Help calm drama, don’t create or encourage it
Have and use protection from pregnancy and disease
Keep extra pens, pencils, tampons, and deodorant in your locker
Maintain a relationship with your parents; they have your best interests at heart
Believe in yourself, have pride and dignity in all you do
Visualize your goals every day