High school is going to start next year for me and I'll be in Grade 9. I have seen the inside of a high school in real life only two times. I'm leaving behind so many of my closest friends... and since we won't have 1 permanent class the entire year like middle school, I might not be in the classes with my friends who will be there. The reason I would like to know more about high school now is because lately I've been so nervous and I'm worried it will be a lot different then I expected. Many people have told me the high school I am going to is very good and 98% bully free, so that's great news. My main curiosities about high school are: - Is the work really that hard? - What are the differences between middle and high school? - How can I survive the first year of being in a new place surrounded by new people? - What are things I should stay away from, if there are any?
Thank you to whoever helped. I appreciate it. :)
Well. Goodluck, first of all! :) You shouldn't be so nervous, just be confident and concentrate on this year's work :) The fact thatyour high school is bully free is great and you should think of this as a chance to socialize and make new friends. I'm an 11th grader and I tranferred school after doing tenth grade in a school i had been in for 3 years. The thing is, your high school might have an orientation session so you should try talking to as many people as possible and getting to know them. That way, you'll make friends and so when the actual classes start, you'll have someone to talk to :) Also, your old friends might be there too. About the curiosities: - Work. Well it depends on the program you're doing. Im doing a high school diploma program known as the International Baccalaureate which is a very rigorous program. Its pretty hard work but you get used to it and you'll start learning how to manage your time. AP classes which is more popular in the US (as far as I know), is a little less rigorous comparatively but both of these are pretty good. The thing is, don't worry about the work load. Just prepare yourself and manage your time, and give yourself a mindset that "This isn't difficult. I can do it." That way, you'll already have a positive outlook on things. -Well for one, as you said, different classes. High school is alot of fun. I recommend joining clubs and having a wholesome development; not just grades. For me, high school was better than middle school because I had more mature friends and we all had a better understanding. I think. It's not that much different really. -You will. Don't be scared of high school. I've been there. I've moved countries, attended school in a place where I knew noone and I still managed to befriend everyone. :) Dont worry, just be nice, smile, and socialize! Dont stick to just one group; switch and get to know everyone! Thats the fun part! You get to be in an entirely new place and make entirely new friends, start over :) -Haha, bad things, bad company. Its easy to get carried away. Be pragmatic, dont lose footing and keep your feet on the ground. Dont forget who you are. Just be yourself, work hard, have fun, be careful, dont do something you'll regret. You'll be fine.
As I said earlier, its great that you're thinking about high school from right now, but you shouldn't worry! Have fun, this is the last year you have in middle school. A few months actually! Focus on it, make the best of it :) Enjoy, work hard. And dont worry. You'll be fine. Everyone is doing it. So can you :)
Oh and I found this post by another member of the site. It's pretty useful: http://www.funadvice.com/howto/starthighschool_foot