What We Wish We Knew Freshman Year

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Ellie Culin

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What We Wish We Knew Freshman Year

Freshmen enjoying their lunch in the gym. (Credit: Michael Preston)

Freshmen enjoying their lunch in the gym. (Credit: Michael Preston)

Freshmen enjoying their lunch in the gym. (Credit: Michael Preston)

Freshmen enjoying their lunch in the gym. (Credit: Michael Preston)

 

Millies Bird, another MHS writer, interviews seniors and asks them what they wish they knew during freshmen year.

 

Middle school was a breeze for most. With routine schedules and laid back courses, middle school was never too much of an academic challenge. But even if high school is just an upgrade from one school to the other, the changes in routine, social life and activities are obstacle all teens must face. Students are best off starting high school by learning how to adjust to the new environment. From older students to the troves of freshman joining the MHS family, here’s what we wished we knew during freshman year:

 

Ellie:

This could be my senioritis talking, but carrying around a binder and folder for each class is unnecessary, especially now that we have Chromebooks. In the first two weeks of school, figure out what teachers give out a lot of worksheets and handouts. You should probably get a binder for those classes. If your teacher posts all of his/her assignments as Google Documents and doesn’t hand out worksheets, a binder isn’t necessary. Honestly, my backpack this year looks like this: chromebook, biology binder, Chinese folder, and a communal folder for all my handouts for all my other classes. The communal folder can get a little cluttered, but be honest; few people are organized enough to carefully place every worksheet in its designated folder throughout the whole year. Don’t bother memorizing your locker combination. You will never open it once. Don’t be afraid of upperclassmen. They don’t hate you personally, you and your friends are just clogging up C hall. Don’t rush to call yourself bad at something. It sounds super cliche, but telling yourself and everyone around you that you’re bad at math and science, will, surprisingly, affect your grades. Just because you don’t have as much aptitude for STEM as other people in your classes doesn’t mean that you’re bad at an entire subject. The sooner you realize that you’re actually not bad at math, the sooner your math grade will get better.

Speaking of math, GET A TUTOR! There’s absolutely nothing wrong with contacting an upperclassman and asking for a little bit of tutoring in subjects you need a little bit of help with.  

 

Ben:

 

For starters, you might get lost in the first few weeks and almost everyone walks into the wrong class (I just did that today). You might not realize it, but the school is just one big figure eight, and because we don’t have a second floor, getting around gets super easy after your first week or so.

 

As a freshman study halls might be a completely new concept to you and it can be fun to hang around or nap for a period, but seriously consider getting work done in your study halls. Study halls can help you get homework done that would otherwise take up your free time, crunch study for tests, or all sorts of other academic activities.

Also as a final word of warning in this written form: DO NOT STAND AROUND IN THE HALLWAYS! The ratio of freshmen to other people when it comes to blocking the hallways is extremely disproportionate, so just try not to be that person.

 

Regardless, wherever your blooming Madison High School career takes you, best of luck from the upperclassmen of MHS!

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