Hi everyone! Welcome back to the blog! In today’s post I’m sharing my advice for rising Freshmen in High School! I know that a lot of my readers are incoming freshmen or younger so I thought this post would be perfect! Most of these don’t just apply to Freshmen, but other grades as well.
Be friendly and kind to others
My first bit of advice is to be kind and friendly to everyone you meet. They may not remember what you said, but they’ll remember how you made them feel. If someone is new in your class, or you just don’t know them, introduce yourself. Usually many schools pour into a High School so chances are, you’ll have kids in your classes that didn’t go to your middle school. My general rule of thumb is to treat everyone the way you want to be treated. I try to always say hi or smile to people in the hallway. Your kindness could be the only positive thing in someone’s day and it could really help them if they are struggling with something.
Engage in class with questions and comments
Teachers hate when they have students that doesn’t engage in class discussion. They like to see that you are an active learner and are participating. If you know the answer, raise your hand. Same thing if you have a question, chances are that someone else also has that same question and is just waiting for someone else to ask. Most teachers would rather have a class that is too chatty than a class that says hardly anything. They like to hear your response to the topics so they know how to adjust and help you.
Always say thank you
Something I learned when I was younger was that teachers love it when you say Thank You. Whenever I walk out the door I’m trained to always say thank you. This will catch many teachers by surprise that you are actually thanking them for just doing their job. I think that it’s very respectful and polite to do this. Some teachers have even complimented me on this and said that it always made their day hearing that. It shows them that they are appreciated for all their hard work.
Join clubs and sports teams
My favorite thing about High School is the clubs and sports teams. I was a member of six clubs and three Varsity sports teams my Freshmen year. I met so many amazing people through them that I wouldn’t have if I only had class everyday. I’m friends with so many upper classmen and it’s nice always seeing someone you know in the halls during class change. This has made the transition to High School a lot smoother being so actively involved. Other then the clubs and sports teams being fun and interesting, they look so good to colleges. Colleges love to see you being part of lots of different things starting as a freshmen. They like to see you stick with something for all four years. This could be the extra push you needed to get into your dream college one day.
Don’t be afraid to say no
Peer pressure is definitely a thing anywhere you go nowadays. It’s perfectly fine for you to set you boundaries and limits. Don’t be afraid to say no if someone asks you to do something that is out of your morals. I’ve said no to many things and have no regrets about it! Stay true to you and don’t do things just to “fit in”.
Don’t procrastinate on your assignments
This is something that I sometimes need to be reminded of. It’s stinks when you are behind on your assignments because then you’re playing catch up and juggling new assignments. I’ve found that writing down when everything is due in an agenda is super helpful. This way you can see how much time you have to complete a task. Try getting them done when they’re assigned so you don’t get behind.
Use free time to complete work
Last year, I used almost every free time I had to complete unfinished work. During lunch, we had 50 minutes and I would usually spend that time doing my homework so I wouldn’t have to do it later. It’s definitely fun chatting with your friends when you finish early in class, but that time could be spent doing other work. I feel like in High School there is always something for you to work on.
Talk to your parents
Teenagers sometimes get into their “own world” and ignore everything else around them. It’s not always on purpose, it just happens. Take the time to talk to your parents when you get home from school and be nice to them. Your parents are actually cooler then you think! Plus you only have a few more years until you go off you college! Enjoy the little things!
Thank you so much for reading today’s post! I hoped you enjoyed and picked up a few things. You are going to have a great school year! Stay positive and open minded!