Finding Yourself: Freshman Edition
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Finding Yourself: Freshman Edition

Just a stressed out junior trying to advise the freshman class.

Finding Yourself: Freshman Edition

Going through junior year, I realized that I have learned so much through my first two years of high school. From history and math to life lessons about true friends, high school has taught me a lot. Here are a few tips to those who haven't found their way in high school yet. Despite the negativity surrounding high school, you can turn these four years into something amazing.

1.Don’t be afraid to ask upperclassmen for advice.

We were just your age and we know freshman year can be difficult. New people, new changes, it is just crazy. This isn’t like those Hollywood movies where the upperclassmen are going to laugh at you (well, most of us).

When I was a freshman I was eager to learn about college, and I had many older senior friends that were very supportive in giving me advice.

2.Do your homework!

Maybe homework isn’t the most glorious thing to do, but I have found that teachers are more inclined to help you if you do your homework.

3.Avoid the clique.

You may have had the best little clique in middle school. Ditch it! I am not saying cut all your friends, but high school is about exploring new friendships.

In Mrs. Henry's ninth grade English class, I thought my friends and I were the coolest people ever. We even had a "clique". Although we were very tight, we eventually developed other interests and new friends.

4.Don’t be mean!

To most, this may sound natural, but you are going through puberty. Look, you aren’t always going to like going to school, but you have to go regardless. Bullying can ruin people’s lives and their future relationships. Remember it takes the same amount of energy to be miserable as it does to be happy.

5.Explore your interest.

When you were in middle school, was your only interest in Art? Try a Red Cross club, or theatre. Play a sport? Coach a kid who wants to be on the team.

6.Have the high school experience.

Have a party, make new friends, join clubs. Date somebody. Just enjoy yourself.

This year will fly by. Make the most of it!

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