Freshmen, congratulations on surviving probably the three most awkward years of your life (that would be middle school) and welcome to four of the more challenging and stressful years of your life, also known as high school.
High school is an enormous juggling act of responsibilities: classes, clubs, sports, jobs, driving, test prep, college applications, relationships and, if you’re lucky, fun. Nevertheless, success on this daunting journey ahead of you is possible IF you do your best to follow these six simple rules:
- Advocate for yourself – This is your education and you own the results of your efforts. Learn to speak up for yourself, ask your teachers questions, and find your voice.
- Be persistent – During your time at high school, you will face many challenges. Whether they are internal obstacles like a hard subject, or external challenges like a difficult classroom environment, be persistent. Always try new and different ways to make the situation better.
- Keep an open mind – You will be exposed to many diverse subjects and perspectives. Do your best to take in as much as you can. Keep an open mind because only then can you better understand others and find your own passions.
- Don’t procrastinate – Keep on top of your homework and commitments. Making the best use of your time is a good habit that can help you beyond high school. This way you will be prepared for whatever life throws at you, especially when setbacks pop up. So, whether you get sick or your brother has a band concert, you’ll still manage to work through everything.
- Get (and stay) organized – Find organizing methods that work for you to reduce stress, stay on track, and improve the quality of your work. Ask for recommendations from organized friends and adults. Try those new methods and see what makes you feel most comfortable.
- Connect with your school and classmates – High school offers many unique and interesting opportunities. Don’t be afraid to explore and take advantage of them. Not sure about music, drama, sports, student body government, or newspaper? Try one or more of them out to help you develop new interests and meet people with similar passions.
High school years can be extremely rewarding and exciting. Ultimately high school is what you make of it.
Best of luck, and enjoy!
Cami Brix is a junior at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore, where she is a writer and editor for the Nordic News student newspaper. As an EEN contributor, Ms. Brix shares the student perspective along with research and writing support for ongoing EEN projects.