An Open Letter To High School Freshman

An Open Letter To High School Freshman

Advice From an Upperclassman
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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!

4. FOCUS

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.

Sincerely,

An upperclassman

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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