An Open Letter To High School Freshman

An Open Letter To High School Freshman

Advice From an Upperclassman

Congratulations! You have just finished the most awkward and probably the worst phase in your life called middle school. Personally for me, the middle school years were awkward, annoying and not the most fun thing in the world. The experiences I had during middle school made me really look forward to becoming a freshman in high school, but also very terrified at the same time. If you as an incoming freshman were anything like me, then I hope the following information is helpful and useful to you as you begin high school within the next week or so (I know, WHERE HAS SUMMER GONE)

1. People (including yourself) will change.

Last year upon my entrance into high school, an upperclassman had shared this one piece of advice with me. Looking back now a year later this is the one piece of advice I wish I had actually listened to and remembered throughout my freshman year. Change (in good ways and bad ways) is bound to happen. I personally went into high school with a relationship (which I DO NOT recommend doing) and this upperclassman told me we as people are both going to change and therefore probably break up. This was the last thing I wanted to hear at that time so I blew it off. I later found out that that upperclassman was right. I also lost a TON of "friends" this year due to different classes, different activities and just change in general from the both of us. Expect, accept, and don't deny any changes that may come your way. I promise you they will shape you into the individual that you are meant to become.

2. Dating is not everything.

Having a boyfriend your freshman year I PROMISE is not the end of the world and its not important. Looking back on my freshman year I wish I would've focused on myself and had fun with my friends instead of worrying about a dumb boy and relationship. And also as "fresh meat", DO NOT get involved with seniors. Majority of the time they're only trying to use you for things 14-15 year old girls should not be used for. Just don't fall for it and use your brain.

3. But if you do meet a special someone..don't be afraid.

Although dating is not everything, if you do find a special someone don't be afraid to maybe go to a movie or go to the homecoming dance with him or her. You're in high school now and dating is totally normal so have fun with it! Flirt and be yourself!


No matter what your grades turned out to be during middle school, high school gives everyone a clean slate to start over fresh and new. My main piece of advice for you is to focus on your school work and really try your best your freshman year. Getting a high GPA as a freshman sets you up for success for the rest of high school and your future outside of high school. If you really slack off your freshman year, you're going to have a hard time the next 3 years trying to bring you're overall GPA up. That might not sound important now, but do your school work and get good grades. Trust me.

5. Get involved.

I cannot stress enough how important being involved in your school and community is during high school. Being in clubs and other activities can expose you to different people and possibly more future friends. Being involved and participating in school activities makes high school so much more fun and enjoyable. Also volunteering your time and giving back to the community not only will make you feel happy, but volunteer work is also a good thing to have while later applying to colleges.

6. Lastly, HAVE FUN

Please please enjoy these last four years you have with the people in your school. Later on in life, you're going to want to look back on your high school days and say you had fun and not that all you did was sit back in your room watching other people from your school having fun. I promise these four years are going to fly by so fast they will be over before you know it. Live each of these years with no regrets and remember to reflect and learn things about yourself along the way.

I wish you the best high school experience you could possibly have.


An upperclassman

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.



I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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