Guide to High School

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Seniors parade into school on the first day, despite the rainy conditions.

Seniors parade into school on the first day, despite the rainy conditions.

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Seniors parade into school on the first day, despite the rainy conditions.

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Three weeks into our school year and the new, shiny feeling is wearing off. The new outfits we’ve been dying to wear have been worn. The friends we haven’t seen since before summer are now in all our classes. And the teachers from our past, who we thought we didn’t miss, are now our saviors.

Freshman, remember that grades are important but not worth your sanity. Do your homework and study hard, but do not forget to make time for your-self. Don’t be afraid to get involved. Join a club, sport or organization.

Sophomores, don’t forget that high school isn’t about who you sit by at lunch or who has the newest phone. You don’t need a hundred friends, just a couple loyal ones. If you see someone being hateful to the new kid, speak up and be their friend. Send them a smile in the hallway. Sometimes that’s all it takes to make a person’s day.

Juniors, you are so close to being done with high school. But don’t let everything you’ve worked for go to waste. This year will definitely be your hardest. It seems like suddenly coming to school every day is a chore. Your teachers will seem to have their tests all on the same days. Remember that the teachers are there to help you, so don’t be afraid to speak up when you need help. Manage your time wisely, have study sessions and tutoring.

To the seniors who have already been infected with the toxic senioritis and hope to soon disappear: This is it, you’ve almost made it. Almost. You’ve worked so hard all these years and now seems like the time to party. But don’t forget that you’re not out yet. You still have to show up and participate in class. Don’t let yourself go. Keep working just as hard as you did on your first day of high school. It will all soon pay off.

A last piece of advice: Hug your parents and spend as much time with them as you can. Tell them how much you appreciate them. Spending time with them is not lame–trust me, you’re going to miss the days when you lived at home. Even if it’s just watching TV together, these memories are so incredibly priceless. You will soon be starting a new chapter of your life and it will be amazing. Good luck!

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