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June 12, 2024

Advice to Freshmen

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Dear Freshmen,

During freshman year, teachers tend to go easy on you. Grades are easier to keep up, depending on the classes you’re taking. It’s not quite the same during your sophomore year. Classes become a little more strict and homework is more difficult to keep up with. Your homework is one of the most important things to manage and keep on top of. It’s very easy to fall behind and lose track of your assignments.

Other than homework and stuff, relationships and friendships are bound to come and go throughout your high school years. I’ve found that my freshman year I had a big friend group, but now I only have a few friends that I talk to rarely. To be honest, I’m fine with that. A lot of my time is spent doing other things, like homework, hanging out with my family, and making money. There are just things that you end up growing out of and as you mature, and things become easier to let go of.

Staying organized is one of the most important qualities to have. High school brings more responsibilities, assignments, and extracurricular activities. Invest in a planner or use digital tools to keep track of deadlines, tests, and important dates. Staying organized will not only help you manage your time efficiently but also reduce stress.

Get involved. High school isn’t just about academics; it’s also about exploring your interests and passions. Join clubs, sports teams, or volunteer groups that align with your hobbies or career aspirations. Getting involved not only enhances your high school experience but also helps you build valuable skills and friendships.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether it’s understanding a difficult concept in class or seeking advice on college preparation, don’t hesitate to speak up. Teachers, counselors, and upperclassmen are there to support you. Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Manage your time wisely. Balancing academics, extracurriculars, and personal time can be challenging. Learn to prioritize tasks and allocate time effectively. Avoid procrastination by breaking down large tasks into smaller, more manageable chunks and tackling them one at a time.

Find your balance. While it’s essential to focus on your studies, don’t forget to take breaks and prioritize your well-being. Make time for hobbies, relaxation, and spending time with friends and family. Finding a balance between academics and personal life is crucial for your overall happiness and success. 

Be open to new experiences. High school is a time for growth and exploration. Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and try new things. Whether it’s joining a new club, taking up a hobby, or making friends, embrace opportunities for growth and self-discovery. 

Don’t change yourself for others. Amid social pressures and peer expectations, remember to stay true to who you are. Don’t feel pressured to conform to certain stereotypes or trends. Surround yourself with people who accept you for who you are and support your goals and aspirations.

Plan for the future. While it may seem early, it’s never too soon to start thinking about your future goals and aspirations. Explore different career paths, research colleges and universities, and consider how your interests and talents align with future opportunities. Setting goals and creating a plan can help guide your high school journey and beyond.

Remember that each experience, whether positive or challenging, contributes to your growth and development. Seize every opportunity to learn, grow, and make the most of your high school experience.

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Juliet Weston, Writer
Juliet Weston is a sophomore at FGHS. She loves to read and play guitar. She plans on being a Lawyer in the future.

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