Having to deal with the stress of school and maintaining a social life can be hard and sometimes seem impossible. Well, sometimes it is. You’re not always going to be able to make it to the sports event and get all of your homework done. The best way for you to understand how to make everything work is from other people and their experiences and apply them for yourself. Several different upperclassmen have offered their advice on how to survive freshman year.
Sophomore Catherine Waddell has not had to deal with the immense amount of pressure being a middle schooler can have on someone for a year. For her first year in high school, she had a hard time getting out of the habit of procrastination, which resulted in bad studying and bad grades. She advises freshmen to actually study and buckle down, or they will not get where they want to be.
“You should stop focusing on everyone else and take time to take care of yourself,” Waddell said.
Benjamin Wells is one of many who is experiencing their first year of high school. With that comes a lot of stress about grades and high school life in general. One of the concerns for Wells was whether or not he would do good in his classes and make good grades.
“Right now I’m doing pretty good, but I know I’ll still have problems learning material in the future,” said Wells.
Although grades are extremely important and are a huge factor in high school, grades are not the only thing that people have to deal with. Drama is an ongoing problem for anybody, especially freshmen. Coming out of middle school, it is not uncommon for your friend group to change over time. People are maturing and finding different interests, and it is okay to grow apart from somebody. The easiest way to not create drama out of an “ex-best friend” is to realize that people are not always supposed to stay connected at the hip. You should allow yourself to meet new people and go out of your comfort zone.
Yazmine Norphlet, a junior this year, discovered this for herself throughout her high school career.
“Surround yourself with people who actually care about you, there’s a difference between those people and just your peers,” Norphlet said.
Basically, school is school. We all have to be here, and freshmen have a long four years ahead of them, so they might as well make it count.