Thursday, 20 August 2015

A Letter to High School Freshmen


                               Dear High School Freshmen

Well done, your middle/primary school days are over and you are now officially a high school student! Now as a senior / soon to be graduate (and then one of you again as I head to university) I felt like you could use a lil help, so here's a couple of things to get you prepared for high school.

Firstly, don't get too excited about stationery shopping, you'll literally just use a pen. Actually no, you'll find a pen on the floor or on a desk that someone forgot about and use that. It's important to realize that actually having manners will get you further in life, so at least make an attempt to realize that if you're nice to your teachers, they'll let things slide, like coming late to class or your inevitable sass. 

While we're on the topic of teachers,  keep in mind that your English teacher will  either be hella chill or Satan's offspring. There is no in between. If your English setwork requires you to read a play, try to make it fun by watching the film or better yet, going to see it in theaters if available. It makes understanding so much easier. 
You should also make sure to take notes in class to review and ask if you do not understand. The stuff you learn in ninth grade WILL show up again in twelfth. It's like Mariah Carey who only makes an appearance during Christmas time. 
Also, please look after your school textbooks - they're probably worth more than your life. Do not mess with your grades. Trust me, school records are incredibly important. Sure its just "another year" but it's also another report card that can heavily influence whether or not you'll be homeless in the future. 

With that said, keep in mind that schoolwork shouldn't dictate your entire life; of course education is important, but you need to allow your mind to unwind and your body to physically recharge itself. This leads me to my next point. Freshmen, this is vital and I say it from the bottom of my heart: value your sleep schedule! I speak from experience. Once you start high school, or even prior to that, your sleep schedule is non existent or worse, you will find that you actually wake up tired. This is a thing now, get used to it.

Keep in mind that popularity is not everything. Looks change but people will always remember how you treated them. Do not strive to do or be anything better than who you are or your best. You are enough. High school is easy, even if you need a little help. There's always a solution. It's most likely just your time management that's messed up. Additionally, try to choose your friends wisely, who you hang out with sadly is what people associate you to be. Avoid this step if you don't care what people think or if you go to a small school and have no actual choice in who your friends are, like me.

For the love of God, if you are one of those people who bring their Starbucks coffee / TinyTeatox / Hot Chocolate/ alcohol in a coffee mug to school, at least keep your drinks in a spill-proof cup and carry an extra T-shirt just in case.  Sequentially, if your school has gym / PE class, always keep a spare change of clean clothes in your locker. You really never know when you might need it. Always keep earphones, a charger and deodorant with you. 

Make sure to eat a good breakfast and keep a few snacks like energy bars or a bottle of water in your bag throughout the day. You will get hungry, and you will have a teacher that doesn't allow you to eat in class. Now, if you attend a school that has a cafeteria and serves school lunches, please keep in mind that no one cares about what you had for lunch and no one cares if your water is Fiji so you can stop Instagramming it in the cafeteria. 

Extra tips to make your life (and mine) easier: Do not walk slowly. (God forbid you walk slowly and text at the same time) and definitely DON'T STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAMN HALLWAY. Pick a side.

Lastly, freshmen,  always hide your gum.

Good luck for High School!


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