Starting High School?

Having just started high school myself this year, I can testify to the fact that it is a scary time, but it’s also a really rewarding time too. I was worried at the beginning of the year, and the first day of school I thought I’d die I was so nervous! But even though the transition from middle school to high school is a frightening one, you’ll cope just fine.

You don’t want to begin your high school career unprepared, as that’s the worst way to make a start. So here is some of my best advice if you’ll be starting high school yourself soon.

Get Your Dress Right

No, you don’t need to impress other people, but you do need to feel confident and know that you’ve done everything you can to show that you’ve taken care of your own appearance. Wearing something that makes you feel good will help you to have a better performance in class and make you feel like you have better self-esteem.

Avoid Procrastination

girl sleeping on the libraryBullying isn’t as much of a problem as you’d think, but procrastination really is your enemy. It’s all too tempting to delay doing your homework and then realizing you have a mountain of work to get through and no time left. Creating a schedule is the best way to make sure you have time to get through everything, and if you stick to it, you’ll find you have a lot more free time where you can enjoy your favorite activities, whether that be shopping, reading or going on a water adventure.

Make Older Friends

Don’t be afraid to make friends with someone older who can tell you everything you need to know about your freshman year.

Never Skip Class

Yes, you may hate the idea of getting out of bed and going to school, but unless you genuinely are ill or are going through a family crisis, it makes sense to go to class since catching up is much harder than it was in middle school.

Don’t Be Tardy

If you’re on time for your classes, your teachers will know that you’re taking your education seriously and will give you the respect you deserve. That means that if you need to get an extension on an essay or want to change partners on a project, you’ll have more leverage in your favor.

Stick To Your Budget

Even if your parents give you the chance to hang out with your girlfriends at weekends in the mall, remember not to drain your bank account. You’re still on a budget, so get yourself a part-time job and handle your money with responsibility.

Team Up With A Study Partner

Studying on your own is never easy, but if you have a study buddy, you’ll find you learn more and retain more information. Either join a study group and ask for help with concepts that you just don’t understand or just work with a friend, but don’t be distracted by chatter! Remember, you’re there to work.

Don’t Let Relationships Take Over

Dating is great, but you’re in school to learn so you need to put work before play. When you’ve done your homework you can give him a call.

Balancing Old With New

three girls talking in schoolYou’ll meet a bunch of new diverse people in high school that will open you up to new things, however, you’ll still need your old friends.

Forget Peer Pressure

People will still like you if you stay true to yourself, so don’t follow the herd. Peer pressure is never good, so be comfortable with yourself and you’ll end up as a more confident and courageous person.

Embrace Challenges

Don’t just participate in things you already feel comfortable with. Instead, try a club or a class that you’ve never tried before. High school is the ideal chance to get out of your comfort zone, reinvent yourself and have an amazing time.

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