Dear Freshmen

By Presley Palmer

As you go through high school, there are many things you learn and many things you wish you would’ve realized earlier. To save all the freshman from getting to senior year wishing they could’ve done high school a little different, here are some things I wish I would’ve known when I started this journey:
• Do your work. I know it’s hard to understand that what you’re doing right now will affect your life down the line, but it will. I don’t mean to stress you out, but it’ll be much easier if you do your work now rather than having to redo it senior year. Your GPA matters even if you don’t think you’ll be going to college.
• At games, you sit in the back. Don’t worry though, you’ll have your day in the front row.
• Some of the people you start high school with are not who you’ll end it with, and that’s okay. It’s actually good. You’re going to meet a lot of new people in the next four years. Pick your close friends wisely; make sure they keep you grounded and laughing. Those are the people you’ll make the best memories with.
• Don’t ditch your friends for a relationship. Most high school relationships don’t last, but friendships do.
• Don’t be afraid to try new things. Don’t get caught up in being a certain thing. This is your time to figure out who you are and what you like. It’s okay if you try things that don’t work, mistakes are completely acceptable.
• There is definitely going to be drama, but don’t let it weigh you down too much. I promise you it won’t matter next month.
• Four years probably seems like a long time but it’s not. It goes by way too fast. Don’t wish a second of it away. Remember that when this is all over you and everyone else will be going off in all different directions. Don’t take any of this time for granted.
• High school is nothing like the movies, but it can still be a great time if you want it to be. If you’re active in school activities, go to dances, and don’t take yourself too seriously you’ll for sure have a high school experience worth telling your kids about.

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