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I'm gonna be a freshman next year anything I should know?

Asked by Elumas (3170points) June 12th, 2008

Really self explanatory, high school freshman. What should I know?

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jrpowell's avatar

Be yourself.. Don’t try to act like something you aren’t. And act like you are comfortable. Like it is just another day.

And really, most of us made it through high school fine. I think you might be thinking that it a bigger deal than it actually is.

skfinkel's avatar

At times High School might seem like your whole life, but it is one small segment of it. If you have a great time, wonderful. If it’s difficult (socially), it will be over sooner than you think, and the rest of your life can be completely unconnected to what happens in high school.

Allie's avatar

I loved high school. Be approachable. Get involved – join clubs and sports teams, go to school functions, talk to people in class. I made some of my best friends in high school (and junior high). I’m only 20, but I know that some of these people are going to be friends with me for a loooooooonnng time (if not til we die). Enjoy it now because this is one of the best times of your life (in my opinion). And once high school is over, college (if you choose to continue your education) is even better.

jrpowell's avatar

And it could be worse. My first day of high school was in a different state then where I went to junior high. I didn’t know anyone for months. And I am a skinny computer nerd. By the end I had good friends and knew what boobs felt like.

You will be fine.

edit :: and being a computer nerd in 1994 wasn’t cool.

iCeskate's avatar

I’m going to highschool too!!!

SuperMouse's avatar

Although a lot can happen that might feel like the end of the world, high school will be gone before you know it. Be true to yourself and never, ever let anyone convince you to do something you are uncomfortable with.

Relax, learn, socialize, it will be great!

jlm11f's avatar

i agree with allie. high school was a good experience for me. definitely get involved and join clubs that you are interested in. if you are planning to go to college (and just in general), start racking up your volunteer experience too. being yourself is VERY important. you can try to act whatever the new “cool” is but its a wasted effort. if you be yourself, your friends will like you for who you are and that will make life easier. also, try talking to people who you wouldn’t normally speak to. some kids in high school are just really lonely and it never hurts to meet someone new. you will be tempted to do some stuff during these 4 years, stand by your principles and you will be a happier person in the end. Treat others like you would want to be treated. Oh and last tip – be nice to your teachers, you will need their recommendations and references 4 years from now (regardless of whether you pursue college)

MacBean's avatar

This is really life-long advice, but it’s something that I think high schoolers in particular should think about on a daily basis:

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” -Dr. Seuss

jstringham21's avatar

As a junior in high school, I can relate. You may be nervous now, but it actually wasn’t that bad. The first day was a little weird, trying to find your groove and where to sit at the lunch table, but you WILL find your groove rather quickly. As johnpowell stated above, just be yourself, and people will like you for who you are. Sit with your friends from middle school at lunch, until you feel comfortable enough with your new friends to sit with them. Just coast through high school, and find your niche. Freshman year is all about learning. Learn your potential, and pursue it throughout highschool. And most importantly, have fun.

iCeskate's avatar

I could care less about the “learning” in highschool. For me, Its about the boys….

iJimmy's avatar

Don’t buy the elevator passes. ...I learned that one the hard way.

jonno's avatar

“Elevator passes”... what are they?

Do any schools even have elevators?

iCeskate's avatar

ya my school has an elevator and everyone knows that

iJimmy's avatar

@jonno: Its an old prank that upperclassman play on Freshman. Or more of a scam really. The sell them passes to ride the elevator.

that1mom's avatar

Just be yourself. From a psychological standpoint, freshman year in high school is a real turning point for a lot of kids. It is important to be yourself and remain true to what you believe and know, while leaving room for useful and good information in your life. Do not allow your hormones to control your person completely and make bad decisions (which a lot of your class mates will be doing undoubtedly). It is a great time. There is little responsibility in life, yet a ton of freedom, that, if you learn to appreciate, will be enough. You are young and you should enjoy it, because the myth of getting older and being FREE is just that, a myth. lol. Then comes work, gamily, BILLS, GAS, etc… I am on a soap-box here. I think that a s long as you remember to be confident and remember what you are in school for, you will be great!

emilyrose's avatar

i agree with everyone who said to join clubs, sports, etc. also, remember that when things get rough, as they do for nearly everyone in high school, remember that you are not alone and talk to people about what might come up! high school can be very confusing because you are growing up, things are happening, you might be in and out of relationships, etc. also, the kids who are “popular” in high school usually end up being lame as adults : ) the popular kids from my high school still live in our boring hometown and are married to each other with kids named after the basketball coach. the lameos like me and my friends have traveled the world and lived in many places across the country!

and become a good writer. i can’t believe how many people get to college and can’t write!!!

jonno's avatar


But is the prank the fact that you don’t need a pass to ride the elevator (assuming there is one) or is the joke that there actually isn’t an elevator at all?

In a way I just fell for that too… I guess?

iCeskate's avatar

students aren’t allowed to use the elevators only custodians

Allie's avatar

jonno: The joke is that the fresh meat are duped into buying elevator passes even though they can’t ride the evelator, no student can. (And yes, there usually really is an elevator.) Basically, the upperclassmen steal the younger kids’ cash.

My school had an elevator too, but I never fell for this one. One of the perks of having good friends who are older than you.

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