Survival Guide For Freshmen

by Kelsey McCauley


A striking resemblance, no?

Freshmen: Have you spent the last 4 months of your high school career running from the upperclassmen?  Have you found yourself the target of angry seniors, impatient teachers, and scary looking administrators?  Every time you look in the mirror, do you look like a deer in headlights?

If you can answer yes to any of these questions, don’t fret!  We’ve all been there.  But, to help you make the transition a little smoother, here’s some words of wisdom to help you survive freshman year:

1.  Be smart on the stairs:

  • Freshman, please. When you go up the stairs, walk on the right side, and when you go down, walk on the left.  It’s what all civilized folk do.

2. …and the hallways:

  • Same as rule #1.  Walk on the right side of the hallway!  Pretend you are in a car (in the US, not England!).   You have to drive on the right side of the road.

3. Beware seniors:

  • Watch out for seniors!!!! ( just kidding…but seriously.) Just remember to get out of the way of their way (they are very strong, especially the football players).  If you keep an eye on what’s in front of you, you’ll be fine.

4. Don’t lose your planner:

  • In high school your planner is your friend. It tells you everything:  your homework, when your assignments are due, and standard conversions.  Oh, and it’s the only way you get the use the bathroom…

5. Do your homework:

  • This may seem obvious, but I know how it works.  You are expected to do your homework every night.  It is a good way to practice what you have learned in class.  And, you usually get points, which means that you lose them if you don’t do it.

6. Pay attention:

  • This is the key to success in high school. If you start staring out the window or dozing off, your teachers will definitely call on you…and probably embarrass you.

7. Be punctual:

  • Its important to be on time to all of your classes, but especially 1st period.  You need to be in your homeroom by 7:45; if you aren’t you have to go to the attendance office and get a late pass.  Being punctual will prevent you from being marked late, and getting a detention.

8. Be respectful:

  • Always be respectful, even if you are in a bad mood. This goes for your peers AND your teachers.

9. Write down your homework:

  • It is always a good to write down your homework because you can’t always rely on the website.  And that’s why you have your planner, anyway!

10. Buy lunch early:

  • It’s always good to get to lunch early.  Otherwise, you have to wait a long time until the line starts to get short…and sometimes the seniors cut!

Hope the advise helps, fellow freshmen!  Good luck; and just remember:  next year you’ll be sophomores!




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