Tips for Freshmen
September 8, 2013By Christian Jones of South Houston High School
Ahhh, Freshmen Year. I remember my first time walking through the hallways (almost four years ago since I'm a senior!), feeling a little lost, frightened, and anxious. It takes a huge adjustment to start high school and I thought that it would be best to give all the "Fishies" out there three helpful tips to make this transition a little easier for you all.
Tip 1) If you can't find your way to your class, please don't stand in the middle of the hallway. The upperclassmen don't have patience for it and it will not win you any friends if you're bumping into people. It holds up hallway traffic, making others late for their class. Stand off to the side, away from the flow of students, and simply ask an administrator for directions.
Tip 2) Don't skip your classes or lag behind. I understand, everyone gets sick and they have commitments outside of school. However, if you miss too many of your lessons or you begin to fail, you won't receive your credits, your GPA will suffer, and you'll have to repeat the class all over again. You might as well get it done right the first time. Whenever you do miss class, make up the time by going to tutoring and making up all of your work. Your teachers are here to assist you. Also, if you have most of your mandatory credits, you will be able to have free periods your senior year. You can use the time to finish your homework and study. Or.... You can simply leave campus and go home. Your choice.
Tip 3) Avoid the silly high school drama. There is always someone you won't like. That's inevitable. Although, there is no reason for you to be in an insignificant conflict. Take a deep breath, know that you're better than this, and go on about your business. If you are reaching your breaking point, it would be better to seek the help of an adult so you can both resolve this misunderstanding. You don't want to ruin the chances of you being successful over a person who you won't even remember after you graduate. I hope this was a great help to all the Freshmen out there. Good luck!