Oh, so you’re a freshman now huh? You’re moving up the ladder, only four years left! News flash: this won’t be easy! You’re about to enter one of the most important times in your life. Okay okay, I’m sure your mom told you that before you left school this morning I know, but seriously she isn’t lying! My freshman year rocked, but that because I had people that helped guide me along my way. Nobody wants to be “that freshman”, and yes the upper class pays attention to you, and yes they are judging you. So what can you do to make your freshman year awesome? First of all, get involved! Seriously, you make so many friends when you are involved in sports, band, or clubs. I’m in band and that’s where I met a lot of the upperclassmen that helped me out. Plus it’s fun?? It keeps you occupied and it’s something to put your energy into! Secondly, stay up on your homework. I don’t know about you but I didn’t get a lot of homework in middle school and that’s what made high school hard for me. Homework takes longer when you procrastinate, knock it out when you get home. Secondly, study study study. You know you have that French exam Friday, so why are you waiting till the morning of to cram all that knowledge into your brain (p.s you’ll forget it anyway). One thing Madame taught me was to look over my material for 5 minutes a night. Seriously only 5 minutes a night and it will become familiar with you. Next, get out of your shell a little bit and make some new friends. Thirdly, those people you’ve been friends with since 5th grade? They’ve stuck with you this far, they’re not going anywhere! You know those people will always be your go to sleepover buds but it’s not bad to meet new people. I met some of my best friends this year. Nothing will change if you keep yourself in the clique you’ve been in forever. There are so many cool people at heights, find them! Okay so everybody and their cousin is taking Spanish, and your two best friends are taking Foods I… buuuuuttt you’re not really interested in those classes? Don’t take classes just because people you know are taking them! I almost took Spanish this year because I didn’t know anyone taking French and French ended up being probably my favorite class, (Madame will be the coolest teacher you’ll ever meet) so take what you want. (Again see tip #3 about expanding your friends). Lastly have fun. That sounds silly but really. You got a C on that biology test and you’re an honor roll student, ouch! Don’t freak though, I promise colleges aren’t gonna go through and be like “wow this student with a 3.7 GPA flunked this ONE test their freshman year how DISAPPOINTING WE SIMPLY CAN NOT TAKE THEM” *tosses application in fire and starts maniacally laughing*… right. That doesn’t happen so don’t beat yourself up. That doesn’t mean be carefree and stop caring about your grades, I just mean you don’t have to be perfect! Take care of yourself and your body, if you are putting in your best effort that’s all that matters. I wish you luck with your journey into high school. Best wishes!