A few days ago, I completed my first year of high school as a freshman. I must say, it was very different than what I thought it would be. No, it was not like Mean Girls where you get bullied constantly. Yes, the teachers were understanding and helpful. No, freshman year did not suck the life out of me (okay, at first it did). And yes, I survived.
I'll admit, in the beginning of the year, I honestly thought I was not going to make it. I hated high school. I did not know what I could do to get involved. I was an anxious, shy, scared individual. I did not know what I was going to do in life, and I still don't know. But my freshman year changed me. I went from being a unassertive introvert to an emphatic introvert. I became more open-minded and tried to be positive.
One thing that I disliked about the school system in my area, is that elementary school did not prepare students for junior high and high school, so for me and others, high school started out to be very strenuous and time consuming. But after a couple of months, I had figured out the key to surviving high school. Having a positive and strong relationship with your teachers not only allowed me to easily ask questions, but I could regularly participate, be fond of the class, and it helped me learn the content of the course efficiently.
For those of you going into your freshman year, allow me to give you some advice (this applies to anyone in school): It is never too late to try something new like robotics, martial arts, art, writing, newspaper club, etc. This is your chance to get involved in school and find your passion. Getting involved won't only help with college selection, but it will help you find what you like to do.
If you have any thoughts, advice, ideas, etc about high school, please leave it in the comments!