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Welcome to high school! When I started as a freshman, I wasn’t overwhelmed by high school since it just seemed like a bigger middle school to me. HOWEVER, I’ve decided to take the initiative to walk you through some guidelines of what to do and what not to do as a freshman…
HIGH SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST: For my school, we don’t hand out back-to-school shopping lists. They expect the basics, some pens and pencils, a couple of notebook, and folders or a binder (for organization purposes, which you will definitely need). DO NOT GET A BACKPACK ON WHEELS. I remember being in middle school and wishing I had a super awesome rolling backpack, probably with owls and trees on it since I was obsessed with owls all throughout middle school (I actually did have a big, pink, owl-printed backpack, with a matching pencil case and everything, it was horrifying). Trust me when I say, it’s a bad idea. As a senior, I hear about EVERYTHING that’s going on. Only one person has a backpack on wheels, and he rolls over everyone’s feet and he drags it up the stairs and he has a hard time getting around crowded halls, from what I can tell, he just sounds miserable. My sophomore year in high school, the advanced theatre class created a student-written show, where they actually included a section over rolling backpacks and called it “Backpack Derby”, which was a couple of seniors in knee pads with rolling backpacks racing each other. Don’t be that kid, don’t buy a rolling backpack.
JUGGLING THE CLASSES
Alright so in middle school, I had 7-8 different classes I took, so high school wasn’t a shocker. First thing is first– get your credits out of the way. When I started as a freshman, we had to take a Fine Arts credit, a Tech credit, a P.E. credit, and your normal core subjects. GET THEM OVER WITH. You WILL regret not taking care of the subjects sooner rather than later. When senior year comes around and you can’t hang out with friends after school because you don’t have any off periods, you will remember this and you’ll think “Hm, I should’ve listened to Karma”, because I told you so. If you keep holding them off because you don’t want to do it, it’ll bite you in the butt, and you’ll regret it.
I made the Honor Roll in middle school, which is surprising compared to the grades I’m making in my senior year of high school (you would never know). Everything changes, including the way teachers grade. Don’t follow my footsteps and procrastinate. You’ll feel like giving up but seriously, stay on top of it. It’s high school, they don’t make it easy, so just push through. My grades went from A’s to C’s and I didn’t change anything about the way I did my work or studied, I changed nothing when I probably should’ve. It’ll pay off!