Freshman Survival: 10 Tips to Make Freshman Year Great

Amanda Newby
Staff Writer

Freshman year: the end of middle school, the beginning of high school, a transition period that many students feel is a hard mountain to climb. Everyone tells incoming freshman to do the things they’re supposed to do, but what does that entail? Hitting the books, but not hitting any classmates? “Putting themselves out there,” but not letting peer pressure affect them after making friends? How are freshman supposed to juggle a new school, new responsibilities, and a whole new environment?

  1. Dress for success.

Teaching Academy has put up several bulletin boards around the school to give Bruins some advice. Photo by Jacey Hancock

When someone looks better, they feel better. For example, wearing jeans, as opposed to sweatpants, can put a student in a more productive state of mind. If a student wears clothes that they associate with school instead of sleep, they may be able to perform better in classes.

  1. Branch out.

Taking classes like theater, dance, choir, and other fine arts courses can help students get use to performing, and help them find their voices. These classes can serve as a way to build confidence when presenting or performing for crowds.

  1. Carefully consider investments.

Time is a valuable investment. Before getting into serious romantic relationships, freshman should take time to really ask themselves what they want out of those relationships, or whether they want to get into relationships at all. Before investing time with people, people should contemplate how it will affect their lives.

  1. Avoid being in the wrong crowd.

Untrustworthy peers can place unneeded pressure on a student who’s already under stress to adjust to having new opportunities. Not all social opportunities are worth taking. When debating whether or not to engage with some people, take the law, family rules, and personal morals, into consideration.

  1. Build healthy friendships.

When looking for people to invest time in, consider good traits that a friend should have. Beyond music taste and clothing style, what qualities should freshman look for in others? Being trustworthy, respectful, kind, and studious are always ideal. “Your best friends in high school will be the honest ones,” said junior Katie Davis.

  1. Take engaging classes.

No one gets to decide whether or not they take math or english classes. But most students do get to choose their electives. If a freshman finds that they won’t want to participate in one of their elective classes, they should try to switch out as soon as possible. “If freshman take a class and realize they don’t want to participate in it, they should switch as soon as possible at the beginnings of semesters,” said senior Mal Strubing.

  1. Take school seriously.

Many freshman underestimate the importance of taking school seriously, and end up slacking, which can hurt their grades. Freshman should keep in mind that everything in high school goes towards their senior GPA, and getting it up after a lazy freshman year can be difficult. Simply getting all assignments done can make or break a semester.

  1. Don’t procrastinate.

Some people don’t have a problem with being lazy, but rather a problem with finding motivation to do work. To avoid procrastinating, freshman should do homework first thing after getting home. Work hard before enjoying leisure, so homework won’t be a cause of stress.

  1. Think before you do.

Photo by Jacey Hancock

It’s easy to react to things, and let emotions dictate decisions. When faced with an important life choice that will have an affect on the future, it’s always best to consider all the options and consequences. “Exercise common sense,” said sophomore Tanner Dent.

  1. Do what makes you happy.

Being successful in high school is easier when a student is of sound mind. Being happy with life leads to a more positive attitude, which is always a good trait in a student.


At the end of the day, freshman should do what they feel is right. Chances are, that will lead to having a successful high school career, which leads to a better quality of life. If time in high school is well spent, it can be a great stage of life. The output all depends on the input.


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