Dear Freshmen,

Welcome to high school! For those of you who are scared, nervous, or feeling lost, here are some tips that will help you get through your first year of four in high school:

1. Friends

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It is very important to choose the right group of friends to hang out with. As teenagers, a little spark of drama is inevitable, but at the end of the day it is good to have friends you can trust to fall back on. This does not mean that you have to stick with one group friends for the rest of your high school years; your choice of friends can change all throughout High School.

High School gives underclassmen and upperclassmen to interact and create friendships that may also follow through until adulthood. Being friends with upperclassmen has its advantages. They can give you advice when you are in the need of help, or give you comfort when you are in situations they have already been in.

2. Grades

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Forget Middle School grades, it all counts starting from now. This is the time to focus on your studies and get ready for college! Do well in school to show dedication, motivation, and your potential to succeed in college and in life.

3. Extracurriculars

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Having perfect grades is not everything! Extracurriculars are extremely important as they show leadership, involvement, and all the other small details of your personality. Whether you are into sports, arts, or music, remember to get involved with the programs that you are passionate about. Not only will acting out of pressure put you under immense stress, but it will also prevent you from the lifestyle that fits you just right. Forcing yourself to handle too much can break you.

If you are not sure of what you are interested in, or what you are truly passionate about, try out different programs to see which one you enjoy being in. Once you try out different clubs or activities at school, you can start to eliminate all of your disinterests. High School is the place where you want to use your time effectively and wisely, so invest yourself with people of your own interests.