Things I Wish I Knew as a Freshman

Written by Faith Brachelli
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Things I Wish I Knew As a Freshman

I’m going into my senior year of high school, but the anxieties of entering my freshman year are certainly not forgotten. However, if you’re entering your freshman year, or even if this isn’t your first year in high school, have no fear because I’m here to help you learn through my trial and error.

  1. Study and work hard. Push yourself to do better than you’re currently doing, you have it in you, I promise.
  2. Don’t get too caught up in the drama. It’s high school, so yeah, there’s gonna be drama, try not to get too involved though.
  3. Get involved in extracurricular activities. I cannot stress this enough. Not only does it look good on college applications, but they’re very fun, and help you make friends with people who are interested in the same things you are.
  4. Think ahead. But don’t be too worried about the future, just be levelheaded, and you’ll be fine.
  5. Don’t avoid doing something because you’re afraid you won’t be good at it. Even if you’re bad at it, it’s still a chance to learn something new.
  6. Put yourself out there. Especially in the beginning, nobody wants to be the first to initiate conversation, but everyone will be glad once the ice is broken.
  7. Get friendly with upperclassmen. They know the ins and outs of the school, which classes and teachers are good, trust me, it’s worth it to befriend a few upperclassmen.
  8. Participate in class. Bringing this back to academics here, participating in class not only helps you do better on tests, but it helps you stick out more in the teacher’s mind, which may help come grading time.
  9. Get organized. Organization is key.
  10. Have fun! High school is supposed to be a good time, and stressing too much won’t help anybody. Work hard, play hard.

About the Author: Faith is a writer, director, photographer, and lover of dogs. If you’d like to read more of Faith’s writing, check out her work in the Bucks County Courier Times Reality section.