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October 14, 2015
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The transition from middle school to high school is somewhat nerve-racking. As eighth graders, you were the big fish in the pond and you called the shots, now as freshmen you are back at the bottom starting all over.
Although freshmen year is exciting, it is also a very meaningful year. Freshmen year is the year you lay your groundwork. During freshmen year you will get your feet wet, slowly get the hang of things, and begin to understand that high school will either make or break you. As freshmen, you will try to make yourself known within your class, make lots of friends, and prove yourself as top dog, but try not to get caught up in the idea that high school and middle school are similar because they are not. Unlike middle school, everything in high school counts, from your grades all the way down to your behavior. In middle school you may have gotten away with a fist fight or an “F,” but not in high school.
At this point you are three or four years away from being eighteen years old, which is the legal age in which you become an adult. When you turn eighteen you are accountable for your actions. At the age of eighteen, petty fist fights turn into tickets, create a charge or charges against you, and potentially can cause jail time.
Senior, Karriona Smith says her freshmen year was “eye-opening” and freshmen should “avoid procrastination, laziness, and the urge to make themselves popular.” Your freshmen year will set the tone for how you will perform throughout your next three years of high school. Maintaining good grades and a clean record in the ninth grade is likely to follow you on through the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade.
Remember, high school is about having fun and creating memories but it is truly about where you will go after high school that truly matters. High school is your first step towards success so make it a good year, set the tone strong.