For this week’s article, I decided to do something a little different. In just these past two weeks, Bella and I have officially entered the world of a high school student, marking the beginning of our freshman year. We were both dreadfully nervous, and went through a lot of advice videos and articles on our own.
Because of this, I decided to post a little something about my first week of high school. It was definitely not what I was expecting, and I hope this raw, honest recollection could help some of you!
Obviously, I’ve only completed five days of high school. I’m assuming things will change, and I’m excited to update you guys on that, too! The purpose of this article is to recount my first impressions.
Now, to start, I’m going to take you through my emotions ranging from the week prior, to the end of week one.
How the Start of Freshman Year Went Down
The Week Prior
Before I actually attended classes at my school, I went to an orientation, and got my picture taken for my I.D. I also stressed myself out to the point of being physically sick, but that’s another story. To be completely honest, both were not pleasant experiences!
Going to a new school at 7:30 in the morning, only to be put in a group of strangers and forced into playing icebreaker games was not my idea of a good time. This is freaking California we’re talking about, so it was burning hot, and I didn’t get any food or water because the lines were way too long. I’m not that patient of a person.
And I know, their goal was to expose us to our peers, and give us a ‘feel’ of the school. However, I was forced out of bed, into an alien school, and into social interaction all before 8 AM. Needless to say, I wasn’t a happy camper.
On a positive note, I caught up with a lot of my middle school friends, and got Chick Fil A!
The Night Before
I was a mess. Change is dumb. I was going to be a HIGH SCHOOLER. WITH OTHER TEENAGERS. My campus is huge, and packed with thousands of students. I had my iNcOnSpIcUoS grey backpack, my earbuds, and my book; the only things that matter. Even still, I was terrified.
I would definitely recommend deciding upon a ‘meeting’ spot with your friends beforehand. I was Snapchatting Bella and our friends the whole evening!
But, remember, everyone is nervous. I, of course, being the dramatic person that I am, took the extremist route, but that doesn’t mean I was the only scared freshman. One would think we would be excited about it, but we were already hoping for the worst.
Um…don’t do that.
I know everyone says this, but you will be a-okay. Have your outfit picked out the night before, I would recommend packing your lunch, and have some supplies. Please, please don’t be the freshman that comes in without a pencil or loose-leaf binder paper. That puts you on the wrong foot with your teachers, and you don’t want that!
I didn’t sleep much, but if you can get yourself to, I would highly encourage it. Regardless of how little you do in class, the experience is overwhelming and draining. Set yourself up for a good day.
The Morning Of
I’m not trying to be melodramatic, but this was seriously one of the most nerve-wracking moments of my LIFE! I couldn’t get myself to eat, and I regretted it all day. I’m never hungry before 7, so putting food in my stomach was rough. I ate maybe a quarter of a bagel, and half of a banana.
My carpool was full of older girls, so they tried to fill me in on what to expect, but everyone’s experience is different. When I got dropped off, and went to cross the street, I felt under dressed. Everyone looked way cooler than me! Most kids were listening to music through their earphones. I’m not trying to be judgy, but the music that was blaring out of their phones was pretty trashy.
I met up with my friends, and we all shared the same, freaked out sentiments. Before I got myself too worked up, the bell rang. I was, if I may, Saved By the Bell! See, this is why I have so few friends.
The First Day
High school is basically middle school, except a lot bigger and no one cares about you. Yeah, it was a bit underwhelming at points. I did not like all of my classes, and don’t expect that you will, either.
Just like middle school, you will have differing views on your teachers. I can’t name names or anything, but I have some weird ones. Like, really weird. Like, ‘how are you even real?’ kind of teachers. Of course, I still hold them all in high respects; it’s hard enough dealing with hundreds of high schoolers for four years, let alone, in some cases, up to twenty!
The sort-of-friends I had in middle school that were in my classes had became my allies. They were nervous and lonely, I was nervous and lonely; we got along just fine! I tend to stick to what’s familiar, and the poor souls that I latched myself onto were what was familiar.
I didn’t make any new friends, but I reinforced my friendships with the people I didn’t know very well before. And then, like magic, the friends of your kind-of-new-friends become your friends, too! One of them got my backpack zipper unstuck during lunch and saved my butt, so I can honestly say it’s worth it. Thank you, the wind beneath my wings.
Homework was assigned by some teachers, and not others. I didn’t get any, but my friends had Spanish homework from a specific teacher on the first day, so I can’t give you an estimate.
After a long day, I got home, curled up with a story and my tears, and realized I had to go back the next day. School is hard, man.
The Rest of the Week
The rest of the first week was a lot better than the first day. My school has a block schedule, so I had certain classes for two hours, which was as boring as it sounds! We also have an hour study block in our 3rd period classes, which meant I had three hours of P.E. on Wednesday! Bring your phone, and make sure it is fully charged!!
It is surprising how many teachers let you get on your phone at the end of class when they finish the lesson early. I stopped shutting mine off on Tuesday.
Besides lunch, which you eat with your friends, there is little time to meet new people. The students you sit next to in class, especially if they are your partner, will become familiar to you, but don’t expect to become best friends on the first day, let alone the first week. When you’re not in class, where you aren’t allowed to talk much, you’re walking to your next class. There is honestly no time to mingle with your peers.
In my school, the upperclassmen crowd in the quad and hang out between periods, and I will never understand how they do it! Classes do take a while to get to, and pushing through all the people that decide to stand in the middle of the walkway is time-consuming as well.
I had little to no classes with my friends. I walk alone to my classes, and don’t have anyone to talk to. It sucks, I know, but you won’t see your friends as much as you did in middle school. You will, however, meet new people, and I can only hope it gets easier to talk to them.
These are mostly obvious ones, simply because I haven’t experienced much of what high school is actually going to be like. My first week was uneventful, and I mostly avoided eye contact with all other human beings.
1.Be aware that upperclassmen don’t think highly of you. Freshmen are known as ‘Frosh’s,’ and for some reason I will never understand, we are disliked. It doesn’t matter if you don’t talk to them, it doesn’t matter if you don’t think you’re ‘all that.’ They will think that you are being annoying simply because you exist. Don’t give them a reason to target you specifically! Don’t get me wrong, most upperclassmen are really helpful, and mind their own business. Most of them don’t care about our lives. But, there are a select few that will make comments. Just don’t take offense. They won’t do anything to you! Luckily, nothing happened on Freshman Friday, so, at least at my school, it’s only a myth.
2. Nobody cares. Everyone is focused on themselves, and their grades. I felt like in previous years, everyone was always talking about everyone else and what they were doing. In high school, literally no one cares about you. I don’t mean that in a cruel way! Students just hang out with their friends and the main focus of conversation is school itself. Please, don’t waste your time gossiping about people in your classes. Don’t make enemies, because you will need as many allies as you can get to survive the whole year.
3. Assignments matter! Do your work! Your freshman grades contribute to your overall G.P.A! If you want to go to college, try your hardest. I had a project and presentation in my Honors English class the first week of school with a group of kids I kind of knew. You don’t get to become comfortable before teachers start throwing work at you! You will be able to handle it, as long as you listen, follow directions, and participate when you’re supposed to.
Now, being almost done with my second week as a freshman, I can wholeheartedly reassure any soon-to-be high schoolers that you will be fine! High school, though daunting at first, is really just school, only on a larger scale. Contrasting to movies and T.V. shows, you really are going to be in class for the greater portion of the day, working. I actually have come to enjoy some aspects of school! Soon enough, your high school campus will become your norm, and everything will begin to make more sense.
As long as you are on top of your work, and confident in your skills as a student, everything will run smoothly the first few weeks. As for the rest of freshman year, I have no idea, but I guess we’ll have to see!