How to Survive Freshman Year

(L-R) Freshmen Holland Proctor, Matthew Mathias and Courtney Kahn work on their assignments in the Inman Center. Photo: Eden Kerker

By now, sophomores, juniors and seniors are accustomed to the quick change of pace and the routine of the Pace Academy school year, but freshmen are in for a whole new experience. As a freshman, you may still feel a bit lost, but here are a few tips to help you get through the year.

#1: At the beginning of the year, the classes and workload may seem intimidating, but the best way to manage your stress is by taking advantage of your free periods. Time management is crucial to surviving freshman year, especially if you have extra-curricular activities. Instead of starting an assignment for the first time after school, you should start it during the day; if you have a question, you have more time to schedule a meeting with your teacher and ask questions.

#2: You may know how to use flashcards and color coded binders, but no matter how many study strategies you have heard of, you don’t really know what works best for you until after the process of trial and error. That being said, if you donโ€™t think a strategy is working for you, don’t try to force it to work. Look for new ways to get that A. If one strategy works for your friend, another may still work better for you.

#3: Don’t be afraid to go see teachers during frees and ask questions. Teachers are the ones that make the tests. They know the information and should be your primary source of information, especially since they want to help you learn the material and get the best grade possible. Additionally, teachers are more important than you think. Not only do they determine your grade, but they can be a great support system. If you’re stressed in whatever class, teachers are there for you. Don’t forget, eventually, teachers will write your letters of recommendation for college.

#4: Get involved. Whether it’s service, clubs, theater, sports or anything else, it’s a great way to meet people and reach out to your classmates as well as older students. After all, it’s always great to befriend an upperclassman since they give great advice on how to survive high school.

#5: Lastly, get at least eight hours of sleep. Don’t stay up all night watching Netflix or YouTube. If you use your frees wisely, this won’t be a problem.

Although freshman year is very stressful, you must keep in mind that these grades do matter. Don’t think that the only way to combat your stress is by slacking off. Use these tips to help you be the best student you can be.