Headed to high school for the first time this year? It’s a whole new world that can be both exiting and nerve wracking. Everything’s different – Your fellow students, your teachers’ expectations of you, even your commute to the next class. But don’t worry – You’ll get the hang of it in no time.
Project SOS offers a few tips to help you ditch the anxiety and rock your first year of high school. Here’s what to expect:
- Your upperclassmen seem so much bigger. And they are. After all, there’s a bit of a growth spurt that happens between 14 and 18. Plus, they’ve got a few years of experience on you. They’ve figured out the high school system, so they’ve got a bit of swagger. Don’t let it intimidate you. Remember that not long ago, they were freshmen, too. Make a point to befriend a few and they’ll be happy to show you the ropes – once they’ve make a few freshmen jokes at your expense, of course.
- Get ready to walk – Fast! High school campuses tend to be larger than middle and elementary schools. And you’ll learn quickly that there’s no tolerance for being tardy to class. Learn your schedule and the layout of the campus, including the location of your locker in relation to your classes, quickly. And remember that you’ll likely have a new schedule with a whole different classroom map each quarter.
- It’s time to rise up. Once you hit high school, you’ll need to bring you’re A-game. Your teachers expect far more of you than any you’ve had before. Your coursework increases significantly, tests get more difficult and the stakes get higher. Over the next four years, your course grades and test scores will get increasingly important, as they’ll become part of your college reviews. Get organized and boost your study habits.
- Get busy. High school brings a ton of opportunities to get involved in activities you enjoy and causes you believe in. Be sure to check out the list of extracurricular clubs and projects and sign up. It’s a great way to meet new friends and get into your high school groove.
Most of all, remember that while being new to high school is challenging, it’s also fun. It’s where you’ll forge lifelong friendships, learn more about just what interests and drives you, and gain a sense of direction that will aid you in college and/or career choices later. Enjoy it!