How To Survive High School

Hello incoming freshmen, pals, readers, and those who have stumbled upon this blog. Today is the first day of August, which means school is just around the corner (groan). I will be sharing 15 tips on how to survive your first day as a high school student.

Starting your first day as a freshman can be exciting, scary, and a little intimidating. You may be smaller than the upperclassmen, and that is terrifying. Here is a handy guide to get you through your first day and the 179 days after. 😉

#1. Learn your way around the school

Nothing is worse than a freshman who is constantly bumping into people and being lost. But don’t worry! If your school doesn’t offer a freshman orientation, don’t be scared to ask an upperclassman for help navigating the hallways. Chances are they will help you and 1. If they don’t they’re a big meanie. 2. If they do, new friend!

#2. Memorize your schedule 

The best way to do this is to keep it as a lock screen on your phone! That way, if you lose your schedule you have it committed to memory or at least saved to something you don’t leave home without.

#3. Stop posting on Instagram 2x a day

You WILL have more freshmen that you meet and upperclassmen follow you after the first day. Nobody wants to follow a spammy account, though. Limit your posts to once a day if you absolutely HAVE to post. Most teens post once a week or less.

#4 Realize you might drift away from friends

You are now in high school. People are changing and developing into different versions of themselves. You and your best friend might have different tastes now, and that’s okay!

#5. You are going to make A LOT of friends

High school introduces you to so many opportunities to meet new people! Clubs, sports, tutoring, the options are endless.

#6. Join a club or sport!

The best way to meet people is to be active in your school!

#7. Don’t miss out on sporting events just because you have homework 

Don’t get me wrong, grades are SUPER important, but it is okay to have fun! You’re young, you can afford to stay up until 3 am doing homework at least once. Again, being social is the best way to meet people.

#8. Don’t let other people define your worth

I struggled a lot with this my freshman year. In fact, I still do. Do not let anyone feel like you are too much to handle or do not have enough to offer. You are perfect just the way you are, and if they don’t like you for you, kick them to the curb.

#9. Do not focus on romantic relationships

Sure, dating is fun, but chances are you do not have a car so you cannot actually “date.” Freshman year is the year for building friendships, focus on boyfriends/girlfriends later.

#10. Stay on top of your grades

Colleges will look at your freshman year, so do the best that you can! Do not goof off in class, pay attention, take notes. Do whatever works for you to get good grades.

#11. Keep a planner

It can be hard to keep up with all the assignments, projects, and school events. Keeping a planner helps you stay organized and stay on top of your grades.

#12. Spend time with your family

Just because you are busy with school does not mean you have an excuse to not hang out with your family. You will be gone in four years, and the time does fly by fast. Hang out with the rents, and not just so you can mooch money off of them. You family will appreciate you hanging out with them.

#13. Save money

You will be buying a car in two years and going to college two years after that. Save all the money you can, you’ll thank me later ;).

#14. Read Perks of Being a Wallflower. 

This is one of the best books of all time. Read it.

#15. Be yourself!

This is probably the most important tip. Be your crazy, unique, smart self. People will love you for you, and like I said earlier if they don’t like you kick them to the curb.

Thanks for stopping by,

Ashley Brooke

Everything you need to know on your first day of high school. Freshmen tips

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