How To Survive High School
How to Survive High School: Freshman Edition
school is a big step up from middle school; it’s a simple fact.
Teachers get tougher, the work load gets heavier, and everything around
you basically changes all together. When I was first coming in to high
school, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. But, in this essay I have
presented several ways to help an upcoming ninth grader “survive,” and
better their experience in this new chapter of their life. To any ninth
grader that happens to read this, I hope this helps you along the way.
thing’s first, you have to know a few basic things about this new
version of school. You have to learn where classes are, try to get on
your teachers’ good sides or just find the ones you like, and you have
to learn the school’s rules and regulations. The reason you will want to
learn where your classes are first is because: You don’t want to be
wandering around the place like a stray dog, get trampled or even worse,
get counted as tardy. Ask an administrator or other school employees to
help you out. The reason you’ll want to get on your teachers’ good
sides is because it will truly help you out in the long run. If you and
your teachers get along, things seem to run a lot smoother and your
learning experience will have greater results. Finally, the reason
you’ll want to learn the rules is pretty obvious, if you know the rules
and follow them, it’s very unlikely that you’ll be getting in to any
next point I would like to discuss is organization. I will be talking
about lockers, your supplies, and time management. Lockers are an option
in high school that takes the heavy load off your back, but at the same
time might be a disadvantage because of the many trips you’ll be making
back and forth to get the things you need for your next class. The
supplies you buy and bring to school are very important. Just like how
you cannot without tools, you cannot further your knowledge without the
right material. Follow the guidelines of the supplies list given to you
by your teacher. Don’t buy anything extra unless it is absolutely
necessary; you don’t want to waste money and have all that extra weight.
Time management is also very important to learn how to control. Try to
get everything you need to do that isn’t “school” related (bathroom
breaks, drinks/snacks, and socializing), done before class so that your
learning experience is not hindered.
last point that I would like to discuss is classes and clubs. The
classes you take will decide what college you get accepted to and what
job you get as an adult. So, decide on a career cluster that suits your
job desires and requirements and pick classes that match your cluster.
Electives can be considered a cluster requirement depending on the
cluster, so you can also take certain fun classes that count for
something more, rather than being just a break from regular academic
classes. High school also presents several great clubs that you can
become a part of. Just familiarize yourself with them so that you have a
large selection that you can choose from. These clubs can also be very
helpful on college applications and in your selected career cluster.
Remember, these clubs are optional, meaning you do not have to be in a
club if you really don’t want to.
I said before, high school is a big step up from middle school.
Everything really does change and things become quite a bit more
serious. A lot of life changing decisions are made in the four years
you’re here. But, I hope that the points that I’ve presented will be
very helpful to you along the way. No pressure, you can get through
this. Besides, it’s just high school!