I know you’ve all read those posts on “how to survive high school” that consist of things like “Just be yourself!” and “Be nice to everyone!” While those things are important, I’ve decided to give you my list of things that helped me survive my first year, and hopefully will help you too.
Don’t share a locker with your friends unless it is absolutely necessary. I know it may seem like a fun idea, but it’s all fun and games until someone goes home with someone else’s notebook on accident.
Sleep is more important than looking pretty. Or human. This one takes a while for some girls to learn, but believe me, you’ll be happy you got those extra twenty minutes of sleep instead of getting up early to curl your hair.
If you don’t want the upperclassmen to get angry with you, DO NOT block the hallways. Stay to the right side and walk like a soccer mom who’s late to her daughter’s ballet recital rather than a turtle with arthritis. That being said, do not stand in a big group in the middle of the hallway either. Talk to your friends at lunch or after school. Upperclassmen will appreciate this one.
That test you failed at the beginning of the year? It won’t matter in the end, I promise. You won’t remember what test you failed or which teacher didn’t like your essay. Don’t freak out; you know what to do to help get a better grade next time.
Don’t wait to take the ACT. Take it as soon as possible without studying just to see where you’re at, and then if you didn’t do as well as you’d hoped, take a study course or get a prep book to help you get a better score next time. Don’t wait until April of your junior year to take it.
If you’re able to, double up on math credits freshman year. This is something I regret not doing because nobody told me to do it. If you didn’t take algebra your eighth grade year, take that but also try to fit in geometry. If you did take algebra in eighth grade, don’t take it again! Or if you can’t double up freshman year, double up sophomore year with geometry and college algebra. By doing this, you’ll be able to take AP Calculus your senior year.
Try out for the school play. I know, I know, “Ew theatre.” Or “I don’t sing.” Or “I’d rather do stage crew.” But it’s a fantastic experience and you’ll meet some pretty cool people, I promise.
Join all the clubs. Okay, maybe not all of them, but join as many as you can. They’ll help build up your résumé, and who knows, maybe you’ll be president of one of them one day.
Thank your mom. Remember, you being in high school is new to her too. She drives you everywhere without asking for gas money. (Which your friends will do to you one day!!) She buys all the random art supplies you need for your science projects, she comes to all your games, and she does it out of pure love for you. The least you can do is say thank you.
If you cry because you didn’t win homecoming queen senior year, then you didn’t deserve it.
Don’t take a study hall freshman year. Seriously, why would you do that? I know high school is more difficult than middle school, but you’re wasting a class period that you’re just going to have to make up either during the summer or later in your high school career when you may actually need a study hall.
Chicken strips and French fries every day for lunch get old after the first week. Try something different. I hear the chocolate chip muffins are pretty good. On that note, be sure to thank the lunch ladies!! They are some of the sweetest people and don’t yell at you for cutting in line or demanding your food.
Girls, high school isn’t about looking for your husband, it’s about finding your bridesmaids. Don’t ditch your girls because of some guy who “Loves you sooooooo much.” Don’t worry if you don’t get a boyfriend after the first hour on the first day. That isn’t what high school is about.
Go to church. Sometimes the only thing to help ease the stress you’re dealing with is God.
Hope this helps and good luck!