10 tips for incoming freshmen

Rachel Powell and Olivia Stabile

Tip #1: Introduce yourself

When you take a seat at your new desk, try saying hello to the person sitting next to you. Chances are, they are just as nervous to be starting high school as you are, and will appreciate you reaching out to them.


Tip #2: Realize that your grades matter

You might believe that your freshman year is the least important, but each school year is equal in your transcript’s eyes. Pay attention in class and work hard from the start, and your GPA will thank you in a few years.

Alysa Mehl

Tip #3: Get involved

Seek out clubs and sports teams that you want to get involved in and that you can see yourself enjoying in the long run. Don’t sign up for every club to make your transcript look goodcolleges see right through that anyway. Try new things and figure out what you are passionate about, no matter what it may be. You’ll find people you connect with and these friendships will be the ones you cherish most.

Claire Barnhart

Tip #4: Work hard in class

Don’t be afraid to raise your hand, and don’t be afraid to be wrong. Speak up if you think you know the answer or if you want to add on to someone else’s comment. Teachers appreciate when students initiate conversation and show that they have been paying attention. In addition, take detailed notes. When a teacher says something important, write it down because you won’t remember it by the time you get home to study.

Charlotte Atkinson

Tip #5: Study!

Now that you’re in high school, you will need to figure out what method of studying works best for you. You can rewrite your notes, make flashcards (on paper or Quizlet), write study guides, or watch videos. If studying alone isn’t for you, you can get a group of classmates together. If you can’t meet up in person, you can use Skype or FaceTime.

Tip #6: Have school spirit

Whether you plan on attending football games or dressing up in a crazy outfit for every Valley Cup day, show your school spirit! School spirit is what makes us a community. Support athletics, theatre and other clubs, participate in Valley Cup, and try to find other ways to show your Valley pride.

Alysa Mehl

Tip #7: Find a balance

If you plan to dedicate the majority of your time to school and extracurricular activities, that does not mean that you can never see your friends again. It’s okay to take a break. Make time for other important things in your life, like spending time with your family and friends. Go out for coffee with friends, get enough sleep, and take a few minutes in between tasks to do something you enjoy.

The Odyssey Online

Tip #8: Get extra help if you need it

It’s okay to need help, but don’t wait until it’s too late to ask for it. Your teachers want to help you succeed. Go to extra help and ask questions in class if you don’t understand something. If you want a student to help you, ask your teacher or guidance counselor for a National Honor Society tutor or go to Think Tank after school.

Curstine Guevarra

Tip #9: Prioritize

Along with high school comes many opportunities and responsibilities, including sports, clubs, and social events. You may be wondering how you will be able to do all of these things at once, and here is the answer: you won’t. Prioritizing your tasks and events is vital to managing your stress level. If your friends are hanging out, but you know you have to study for a test the next day, it’s okay to stay home and study. You’ll see your friends another time. Take your wants, needs, and health into consideration.

Rhiana Reports

Tip #10: Popularity doesn’t matter

Hang out with people you like and ignore anyone who tells you that quantity is better than quality. You will be so much happier spending time with people who understand and accept you.

Curstine Guevarra