Freshman year can be really scary, take it from me, not only was I freshman three years ago, but I will also be right back at the bottom of the totem pole next year as a freshman in college. Coming into freshman year, I knew nothing. So I had to learn these things I wish I knew my freshman year. I hope these tips prove helpful to your academic, social, and overall success as a Monsignor Donovan Ram!
Go Through the Doors Correctly– Stop, don’t take that extra twenty seconds to turn the handle of the door. It will mess up the flow of the hallway, when the doors are used correctly the hallways flow beautifully and the upperclassman stay happy.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions– If you are confused about something that you just don’t understand, ask a question. Whether it’s in class or in the hallways,I can promise you that no one in this school bites and we are always happy to answer your questions and send you in the right direction. In fact, a senior is impressed if you have the courage to walk up and ask them something.
Accept that Everything Will Change– High school is a big adjustment, and the changes are inevitable. Fighting these changes will only hurt yourself. There is a good chance your best friend may not be your best friend in a years time. People grow up and mature, so start accepting the changes and don’t fight them.
Do Your Homework– The majority of teachers count homework as a completion grade. It will only help you to do or attempt to complete your homework. Even if you are scribbling it down last second, half of your homework counts a whole lot more than an incomplete in the grade book. High school can be a lot of work and it only gets worse, so when you are checking Edline every other week it’s better to have hundreds for homework grades rather zeros and a failing grade.
Get to Know Your Teachers– Taking the time to actually make yourself comfortable with a teacher will help you in the long run. The more comfortable you are with a teacher the easier it will be to ask for help when you really need it. If you are having any sort of issue, it is always good to have an adult to turn to and many of the teachers at Donovan will drop whatever they are doing to help you out. We have been blessed with that privilege. Also developing relationships with teachers will help you when it comes to senior year and you need a good recommendation letter for your college application.
Stay Organized– When you find yourself searching through your book bag to find your math homework, you know it’s time to get organized. Staying organized will ultimately help you stay on top of all your schoolwork. This will ultimately improve your grades and you will know where everything is when it comes to exam time.
Boyfriends/Girlfriends are Great, Keep Your Friends Too– According to Annie Lowrey of slate.com, only 8% of high school relationships go into marriage. Knowing this percentage, it’s smart to keep up with your friends during your romantic relationships. Try to spend time with both you friends and your boyfriend/girlfriend because chances are your relationship may not last and your friends will always be there to pick up the pieces. If you take your friends out of the equation during a relationship, you may have to pick up the pieces on your own.
Spend Time With Your Family– High school tends to fly by and soon enough you will be a senior looking at colleges, so keep your family close. It’s okay to spend nights in and chill with the family, these are the times you won’t get back when college rolls around.
Don’t Bite off More Than you can Chew– Don’t try and play every sport Donovan offers and take every hard class you can think of. You will end up becoming overwhelmed and high school is hard enough. You need sleep, and by the time junior year rolls around you will be running off of none so value it while you can.
Have Fun! – Enjoy your high school years, it’s not all work and it’s not all bad. There are so many opportunities to enjoy yourself during high school. Have lots of Ram pride. Love Donovan and this close family that you develop over your first year of high school.