This week on the message boards, y’all are discussing advice for your freshman year:
“I was a freshman, now a sophomore, and I say that you will realize who you want to become. You’ll start the journey of finding yourself. Get involved in activities to meet people and network. Study, use time management. Avoid senior and junior boys. Do not date them, it won’t be serious. I highly suggest just flirting. You will be overwhelmed, it’s a transitional year. Talk to teachers after class if you want more info in the course, some may actually like you. Get a planner and write down all homework and future projects.”
“I would say definitely get involved in sports or activities. Don’t spread any rumors or make any drama.”
“Do your work, get involved. Don’t try to be popular, and don’t get caught up in drama. It’s just high school. Just find who your friends are and stick with it. You will be confused (Hell, I still am) but don’t let it get in your way.”
“I’m going to be a sophomore this year. Honestly, freshman year was a huge personal journey for me. I began to find out who I was/wanted to be and I changed tremendously. My advice is join lots of clubs so you can meet new people, concentrate on your schoolwork and grades because they’re really important (especially if you want to get into a good college), and take some chances, have fun. High school goes by really quickly my freshman year felt like it was only 5 minutes long so make sure you make it memorable.”
I remember being so nervous going into my freshman year! I already had a tough year in eighth grade because I was the new girl, and then I had to transition again as a freshman when we moved up to high school. That was a lot to handle in a short period of time. Since my middle school fed directly into my high school, I fortunately got to transition with my friends so that was helpful.
But even though I was going into my freshman year with my group of friends, I was still nervous and worried about what to do. You definitely want to get involved in whatever you can, whether it’s sports, clubs or other extra curricular activities. It looks great when you’re applying for college, and it’ll help you meet people and feel like you’re a part of the school community.
I also highly recommend focusing on school. Your freshman grades DO matter so you want to make sure you’re doing your work and studying hard. Get to know your teachers so you feel comfortable asking for help if you start struggling with a class.
The most important thing to remember is to just be yourself! Don’t worry about what the seniors will think of you and focus on figuring out who you are. Freshman year is not as scary as you think, I promise.
Are you an incoming freshman? Are you nervous? What advice do you have for anyone starting high school? Tell us in the comments!
Need advice on a different topic? Do you have a story you want to share? Post your own thoughts and questions in our boards and start chatting with other girls.