As everyone in high school knows, coming in as a freshman is hard. The school is big, the halls are crowded, the homework is overwhelming and you have no idea where any of your classes are. Knowing this, the students of Mount Juliet High have come together to bring you advice on how you can survive high school one school day at a time.
There are a lot of ways for you to get involved at this school, from fun classes to sports to even the JROTC program. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and try new things. There are many extracurricular activities that can fit your personality.
“Do something [participate] for the school, like theater, newspaper, sports etc. The friends that you make in those activities will help you get through the day,” says a freshman.
Many students feel pressured to take honors and AP classes, but not everyone is ready for them at the start of high school. We would advise that you only take these classes if you’re ready for them. Don’t put yourself in classes just to see your friends. You can see them outside of school.
“Take the classes that feel right for you,” says a freshman.
Everyone makes mistakes. Bounce back and learn from those mistakes instead of focusing on them. You are still a young, so try your best. It will get easier. It’s okay to make mistakes. You live and learn. It’s part of life. The important thing is to not repeat the same mistake but learn from it.
“Don't be afraid to make mistakes. After high school, they will disappear,” says a senior.
Classes get hard very quickly and getting behind is far too common. If you can meet with a group of students in your class once a week after school to get the help you need, it will benefit you greatly. There is also tutoring for certain classes after school if you need it. If all else fails, look it up and find a crash course over it or talk to your teacher one on one. Don’t be afraid to do what it takes for you to understand a topic.
No matter how scared you are about high school, know that it’s not like the movies. There are no spontaneous musical numbers or food fights in the cafeteria, but there are emotional teenagers, couples kissing in the halls and people smoking in the bathroom. Please don’t smoke or make out in the halls. It makes an uncomfortable situation for the people around you. You don’t need or want that target on your back.
There is no right way to go about high school. Try to find somewhere that you fit in and focus on it. Remember that this is a time for you to focus on school and your health, both mental and physical. You will be ok. You can do it. Just don’t lose sight of who you really are.