Summer is coming to end. As preseasons for sports start, and students start to actually purchase their summer reading books, the back-to-school nightmares are returning. Or at least for me they are. Maybe because I work at Staples, and teachers keep coming in to buy school supplies, and we’re doing all these sales, and I had to wear a promotional backpack yesterday… and whenever someone asks why I’m wearing a backpack, I tell them with every back-to-school purchase, buying a backpack takes off 25% of the entire transaction.
Anyway, I’m going to be a senior this year. I’m not sure how to feel. I’m mostly excited, but also scared. I mean, this is my last required year of school. And who knows what’s going to happen next? But for this post, I don’t really want to focus on being a senior, or my future. I want to focus on the incoming freshman. As a soccer player, I’ve been running captain’s practices with a few other girls and it’s weird being the top of the food chain, running the show. The freshman all look so excited, and some nervous, and it just reminds me of when I was in their position four years ago.
I decided to compile a list of things every freshman should remember to survive their first year of high school. I promise, it’s not that bad.
1.) Don’t use a backpack with wheels. – I’m saying this because I care. If you still have a backpack with wheels, maybe stop by Staples and look for a new one… haha. 🙂
2.) Don’t stop walking in the middle of the hallway. – Walk with meaning, people. Freshmen are notorious for congregating in the middle of the hallway and bothering everyone. If you want to talk to your friends, just move to the side. It’s as easy as that.
3.) Don’t date a senior. – Not that I’m great to look to when it comes to dating advice, but 10/10 times when a freshman dates a senior it doesn’t end well.
4.) Don’t get raging drunk at a party/school dance. – Everyone knows the story of the freshman that has to get their stomach pumped because they got a little out of control (and then the entire freshman class gets banned from parties). DON’T BE THAT FRESHMAN. Be responsible. If you’re being pressured to drink and you don’t want to, don’t give in. There’s nothing wrong with being the sober friend at the party. As a matter of fact, you’ll remember everything while everyone else forgets how stupid they looked… Also, don’t be that kid that shows up hammered to school functions. Don’t do it. You just look dumb.
5.) Don’t think your grades do not matter. – Once you hit your junior year, you’ll realize you really should’ve tried harder freshman year. Most people think that ninth grade doesn’t matter, but once your GPA becomes something like a looming death sentence, you’ll think otherwise. Personally, I did great my freshman year, and that really helped carry me when classes started getting harder. Don’t blow off your grades. Have fun, but also remember to at least keep your grades above a C…
6.) Be respectful. – Respect yourself, and respect others…
7.) Have fun. – Freshman year can be fun. Personally, I hated my freshman year, but I also didn’t do much to make the best of it. Focus on making good friends, getting honor roll, going to football games, and just having a good time. Join clubs, join sports, try new things. Don’t think too much into it– high school really isn’t that bad.