Hello freshman!! I decided to write this article because I remember that the first few weeks of freshman year were super weird and scary and confusing, and I want to offer my expert junior advice!! I'm going to tell you my 10 best tips to help you succeed during your freshman year, so let's get into it!!
Tip #1: There's no pool on the roof. Or any other floor. Do not pay people for a pass for the pool. Or the elevator. Just don't do it.
Tip #2: Freshman Friday isn't real. Don't worry about it. Even if it does happen, anyone who takes the time to do something for Freshman Friday is lame and you probably shouldn't care about them anyways.
Tip #3: Set your schedule as your lock screen. I still do this every year. It looks way cooler in the hall to just be checking your phone instead of intensely looking over your schedule. Not that it really matters whether you're "cool" or not but it's just way more convenient to have it on your phone so do it anyways.
Tip #4: Don't walk slow in the hall. DO NOT DO THIS. The halls are busy and we have places to be. Save yourself the shoves out of the way and just carry on a little quicker than normal.
Tip #5: Join things that you enjoy. Your vibe attracts your tribe. If you join sports/clubs that you enjoy, you'll find others who have similar interests as you. It's super awesome because BAM instant friends AND you already have something in common with people to help start conversations.
Tip #6: Be yourself! I know it's so cliche, but it's so true! High school is way, way bigger than middle school so you have room to be yourself! I went to a middle school where my 8th grade class only had 42 people. It was awesome, and I loved it, but there isn't that much room to branch out and meet new people. In high school it's so much more diverse and there are so many different types of people with different interests so it's easier to just do your own thing. I feel like in middle school everyone is super concerned with their reputation, but in high school that kind of fades away and people just start acting like themselves. It's so much easier and it's a totally new environment and group of people, so take some time to show people the real you!!
Tip #7: Ask questions. Ask your friends questions to learn more about them. Ask your teachers questions when you're confused. Learn as much as you can and take the time to branch out.
Tip #8: Have a planner. I LIVE by my planner. It's like my second bible. Write down your homework and keep track of everything you need to know. It'll keep the stress levels down and help you stay organized and on top of all your assignments.
Tip #9: Get a job and save $$. I wish someone told me this my freshman year. Take advantage of a school year with less homework and use it to make money. When I work I put half my money in savings and use the rest for spending. I wish I had learned to save earlier on because it would've helped to have some cash going towards the car fund. But, since I can't go back on my life and snag a job freshman year, I'll do the next best thing and pass along the advice to you guys.
Tip #10: Sit at the back of the bleachers at football games. Seniors get the front rows, then the juniors, then sophomores, THEN freshman. I can assure you that the best way to get the upperclassmen to hate you is to steal their spots at the football games. Sit in the back, and eventually you'll work your way up. You have to earn your front row seat. You have tons of football games ahead of you, but the seniors only have so many left, so don't ruin their last few games by sitting in their seats!!
I hope you guys all enjoyed this!! I hope freshman year is the best one yet!! Let's make it good. Branch out, make new friends, and be yourself.
Thanks so much for reading!! See ya later! <3