Dear Freshmen,

By Caroline Fiorella

High school is a drastic change for incoming freshman. Coming to a new school is very difficult, especially when you know a limited number of people. Whether it be new teachers,  new learning environment, or harder material, high school is never an easy journey.

Senior Alison Jones wants to make this transition easier for the Class of 2021, so here is her 10-step guide to having a successful freshman year:

  1. “Make sure you keep your grades up freshman year because it matters in the long run when you start applying to colleges.”
  2. “Do not be afraid to ask for help. The teachers love when you come in and show that you have the desire to learn and understand.”
  3. “Make a good relationship with at least one of your teachers. It’s nice to know you always have an adult on your side and it helps with college resumes.”
  4. “Respect your teachers no matter what. They always respect you and notice when you are having a bad day.”
  5. “It’s okay to get a demerit. They are erased at the end of the quarter anyway.”
  6. “Spend time with your family. It may not seem cool to you right now, but you will wish you gave them more of your time when you leave for college.”
  7. “Do not worry about drama. It’s over in a few days and by the time you’re a senior, you will look back on it and realize how insignificant it was.”
  8. “As Mr. Melson always says, ‘Do what you’re told, do what you’re told, and when all else fails, do what you’re told.’”
  9. “Go to the football games and cheer on your classmates. Make your time in high school as fun as it can be.”
  10. “Enjoy your time in high school; it goes by so quickly!”

Freshman year is super scary, but by following this 10-step guide, things will be easier.

Just try your best, always have fun, and make the most of your time in high school, it will be over before you know it!

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