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How To Survive High School

How to Survive High School: Freshman Edition

 Timmy Bittle

High 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.

First 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 trouble.

The 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.

The 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.

Like 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!