Year One: What I Learned and Advice

It’s May, which means only one thing: School is almost over. Everyone has been surviving these last few weeks with the knowledge that Within just a few weeks, summer and all of its warm weather will be upon us (which is awesome). For around 300 of us, we will have survived our first year of High School. But as the year comes to a close, I felt the need to reflect on everything that has changed this year and hopefully serve as a guide for future students so they don’t make the mistakes I did. So here is the Saber Slate’s comprehensive list of what to do during Freshman year at FHS.

1: Get Involved

This one is probably the most important point on this list. Middle School has very few school clubs, which can be very limiting. When you first arrive at FHS, the list of activities here can seem a bit overwhelming, but getting involved can help you explore your interests and find potential opportunities in the future. Join a sport you’ve always wanted to try, or try out the play, or write for the Saber Slate (self-promo much?). But in all seriousness, getting involved helps you meet new people and explore things you never have before. If you don’t know what to join, try joining something with a friend. It doesn’t matter what it is, just get involved. You won’t regret it.

2: Meet Upperclassmen

Upperclassmen are scary. I still can’t bring myself to talk to some intimidating seniors, but there are all kinds of people to make friends with here. A good way to do this is (tying back to my previous point) joining clubs. I have met many really nice and friendly upperclassmen in activities and classes, and they don’t really care what grade you’re in. I’ve met upperclassmen who didn’t even know I was a freshman until I brought it up, so don’t feel insecure about your age. Just put yourself out there, and you might meet a new best friend.

3: Take Classes You Want to Take

At FHS you have more freedom in taking classes than you ever had before, so now’s your chance to branch out. Want to improve your art? Take an art class! Want to learn to start a business? Dabble in the business department! FHS has all kinds of crazy courses and many wonderful facilities, so find what interests you.  Just keep in mind that you want to be strong in more traditional classes like English, Math, History and Science as well.

4: Make Friends With Your Teachers

Surprisingly enough, teachers are human beings too. So be nice to them. It’s easier to learn with a teacher you’re comfortable asking questions to and talking to, so just make good conversation and follow their rules and you should be alright.

5: Don’t Procrastinate

This one is really cliche, but there’s a reason for that: It’s important. High School is really independent compared to middle school, so your time is in your own hands. I won’t deny that I don’t procrastinate, I do. But it’s a lot less stressful to just get your work done and be able to relax than having that English paper in the back of your mind for a week.

So those are the top 5 things I learned/pieces of advice I can give. Keep in mind that this advice isn’t limited to upcoming freshmen, this advice can be used at the beginning of any school year at FHS. So good luck with the end of this year and the beginning of next year, FHS!

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