How-to: Survive Freshman Year

Welcome to high school. Welcome to “the best years of your life”.

Entering a new school as the youngest generation can be frightening. This isn’t like middle school; you’re expected to be transitioned out the awkward phase by now, you’re likely to participate in activities, and school spirit is a must. This place can be an intimidating one, so if you’re looking for tips on how to make it through your first year, you’ve come to the right place.

High school is the perfect time to make new friends.

While it’s great to keep the friends you’ve had since third grade, new friends are never a bad idea. Clubs are a perfect way to connect with people who are into the same things you are. There is a club for almost every wacky interest out there. Participating on something you like with people you like will definitely help your high school experience a memorable one.

Wear whatever the heck you want to wear*.

You want to look nice? Go ahead wear a skirt or a button down shirt with a tie. You want to be comfortable? Wear your sweatpants! Clothing is part of who you are, so don’t just follow the trends to be “cool.”

*Of course, make sure you following AACPS dress policy

Freshman year is still important!

Although you are not taking AP classes this year, freshman year is still important. High school is a huge adjustment, but you have to make sure you are keeping up with your grades. Pay attention in class, stay after for extra help, and check Blackboard often. It will definitely help you in the long run.

Overall, freshman year marks the beginning of finding out who you really are, so don’t try to speed through it– it goes by faster than you might think.

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