If you are an incoming freshmen you are bound to change this year! You went from being top dog in middle school, to the bottom of the food chain in high school. I hope that this masterpost can give some tips to incoming fishies!
First Week Advice:
The first week will be a confusing time for you, but no need to fret! Here are some things that will help:
-Try memorizing your schedule before your first day
- Most schools will have a designated group of upperclassmen you can ask for directions or help (My school has a program called PALS, and they all wore PALS shirts so we could recognize them)
- Most teachers will be giving back some form a syllabus and they typically require parental signatures so get those signed ASAP
- Take the first week to make at least one (1) friend in each class
- Exploring the school before your classes start will be super helpful for getting to know your surroundings!!!
- First impressions matter! Look presentable, be polite, and helping out your teachers will make a great impression on your character.
Friends, relationships, and all that jazz:
Freshmen year comes with a lot of change which typically involves your personal relationships.
-Do not worry if your friend group changes. Freshmen year you typically gain and lose friends but that’s just what happens. (My freshmen year I lost my friend group from middle school because they started doing things I wasn’t into, and I never saw them because of band. That’s okay though because I have a new friend group and I love all of them!!)
- Alright so I know the dating pool just got a WHOLE lot bigger but there is one rule you must live by: DO NOT DATE SENIORS!!!!!
- Dating a senior will usually end up in heartbreak as typically they just want to use freshmen for sex. Even if they are a genuinely good person, the age gap is quite wide for your age, and they will be graduating that year so why even torture yourself that way
- Just be careful when dating and try to have a good judge of character when it come to upperclassmen!!
- Also most freshmen relationships are a joke and will end up only lasting a month or two lol
- Try getting upperclassmen as friends!!! It’ll be a little harder at the beginning but as long as you mellow out by second semester I promise you can have upperclassmen friends!!!
- Having Juniors as friends is super helpful because you can get rides, and advice early on. Sophomores will be easier to be friends with because they aren’t technically upperclassmen yet, but they could give you connections to other upperclassmen
- Getting into extracurriculars is another great way to make friends!! (literally band is my entire social existence lmao)
Going into freshman year you may notice a great change in your work load so it’s important to do most of the following.
- Figure out a method of organization that works for you! I personally have a homework folder, an expanding file folder, and then spiral notebooks.
- Starting either a bullet journal or a planner will be incredibly helpful!!!!
- Please turn in all your HW and have minimal late grades!!!!
- Study for ALL tests, quizzes, etc.
- Do not be afraid to ask for help from teachers because they want to see you succeed
- If you get a teacher you have heard awful things about (not just strict but like a teacher who doesn’t teach) try your best to switch out of their class!!
- Doing pre-AP, AP, or higher level classes is always a benefit, but do not take on more than you are capable of!!!!!!!
- Take notes and keep up with your textbook readings!!
- Establish good habits like things I mentioned above!!
Most freshmen end up looking like turtles with how stuffed their backpack is. You really don’t need that much stuff.
- If your school does block scheduling then only take the things you need for that day! (ofc make sure you are actively putting the right supplies in or using two (2) different backpacks)
- Only take things that are essential for you!!
- Some things may include:
- Pencil bag
- Binder, HW folder (whatever your method is, I personally don’t recommend binders)
- Tampons, medicine, hair bands or brush, glasses, ID, etc.
- Laptop (when needed)
- Avoid bringing textbooks if you don’t a locker to put them in!
- Having a lightweight backpack will make you feel much better, trust me.
-Always having a phone charger is helpful
Other/ general advice:
- Try not to be obnoxious and loud; upperclassmen will like you more
- Don’t be afraid of change!!
- Starting volunteer work early is super helpful!!!
- Talking to your counselors is uber important
- Let go of middle school drama; you will feel much better
- Establish good relations with your teachers!! You might need a recommendation from them one day!
- Looking at colleges early never hurts
- Try to get as much sleep as possible; you need it
- It’s perfectly okay to make mistakes! Learn from them!
- Give yourself time to relax
- Having a pair or two of headphones will be a lifesaver!
- Ask your parents for a house key if you don’t have one yet!!
- Always bring water! Also snacks!!
- Be involved!!! Do something worth a letterman jacket or something that will make memories!!
Alright bby’s make sure to relax and have fun this year! Being a fish isn’t all that bad if you know how to do it right!!
This is my first advice post so im sorry its sorta awful and i also did it while high on painkillers bc i just got my wisdom teeth out