Top 6 Things You Need To Know As An Incoming Freshman

Christian Wynne, Assistant Editor

Moving out of middle school and into high school can be very stressful for many people. Becoming a freshman sets new responsibilities on students as they are getting closer and closer to the real world. Applying for college, picking the right classes, knowing who you can talk to are important pieces of information that are needed in order to have a successful high school career. These are the top six things that you need to know, in no particular order, as an incoming freshman.

Number 1: Don’t be afraid of making new friends.

While you are in high school, people are going to constantly be changing all around. So, inevitably, you are going to grow away from people. Thus, being open to meeting new people and making new friends is important. 

Number 2: Know your limitations.

When you are signing up for classes, counselors and teachers are going to urge students to take honors AP classes. Be careful with how many you take if any at all. If you overwhelm yourself with too many honors classes, your GPA could suffer from it. Just know how much you can take at one time.

Number 3: Be friendly with your teachers.

Being friendly and respectful to your teachers will make your life a lot easier. This could be as simple as just saying hello to them as you walk by and give them a smile. This will put them into a good mood as well as yourself in a better mood. Alongside that, they may be more inclined to help you improve your grade a bit if you are on the verge of an A or B.

Number 4: Don’t Gossip.

This should go without saying. However, many people within the high school are going to gossip about other people. This is so unhealthy for a learning environment. Doing something as small as just not gossiping about other students enhances your mood as well as others mood. 

Number 5: Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Throughout your high school career, you are going to encounter many issues whether it is a scheduling problem, a grade, or even just need some emotional support, there are hundreds of people around willing to help out. Counselors, teachers, principals, upperclassmen, and so much more.

Number 6: Have Fun!

High School is supposed to be fun. Make plans with friends, laugh with your teachers, do not be afraid to be a little weird every now and then. As you finish your final years as a kid, it can be easy to become overwhelmed with all of the new changes. Just stay calm, relax, and enjoy yourself!