Sunday, September 25, 2011

4 Simple Rules to Surviving THS

By: Amanda Welch, Co Editor
Hey Freshman! Welcome to high school! It might seem right now as if the low man on the totem pole, this is going to be the longest four years of your life, but in a blink of an eye it will all be gone. The ride might be a little bumpy and rough at times, but trust me, you will come out just fine. Just follow the simple rules.
            There are so many opportunities in high school, but your first focus is your school work. Don’t blow off a class just because you may not need it to graduate. Every class you take will help you later on in life, even if it doesn’t seem like it now. Take all classes seriously. Take notes in class. If the teacher puts it on the board, she or he is not doing it for their own health, they know it already. Pay attention at all times and do not waste time by socializing.
 Study a little bit every day for each class because this will help you retain the information and it means you will not be trying to learn 3 weeks worth of material the night before the test. Just look over your notes that you took for the day and the day before.
Do all your homework. It is only 10% of your grade, which doesn’t seem like much but that 10% is a difference between failing and passing. Failing behind on your assignments will lead to unneeded stress. Learning time management is extremely important.
Come to school every day, everyone has days where they don’t want to be here, but even if you come, you will learn something and have less work to make up.
Get involved; join a sport or a club or band. Dare to go out of your comfort zone and try something new. It is true that academics should be your top priority, but being a well-rounded student is also important. By joining extracurricular activities, you will meet many potential friends. Being involved gives you an edge in applying for scholarships, admission to colleges later. College is right around the corner, it’s never too early to start thinking about it.
Do not be afraid to branch out and try something new. Don’t think you are too cool for a club or because you join a club you will lose friends. If there isn’t a club that interests you then start a new one! Some of the clubs are: Ceramics Club, Guitar Club, Multicultural Diversity Club, Oceanography Club and many more!
Explore all your opinions. Think about your future, you don’t need to plan out your whole life right now as a freshman, but do everything possible to grow your knowledge. It might seem like college is far away and you have plenty of time before you need to start thinking, but the days will slip by you in a snap of a finger.
Remember the 4 rules:
1.School is work
2.Get Involved
3.Think about your future
4.Get to know your teachers
High school marks the beginning of your independence and eventual self-reliance. Good luck and enjoy the ride.

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