Survival Tips

a few things you should know

Here is some advice, handed down from those with experience:

  1. Get acquainted with your teachers
    Getting to know your teachers can help with letters of recommendation and extra tutoring if you ever need it.
  2. Consider running for office in the student government
    Most students don’t think about running for office during their freshman year, but once you get in it's easier to stay involved.
  3. Write stuff down
    Taking notes and writing assignments down helps you to remember what your teacher taught in class and keep track of what's due.
  4. Popularity doesn’t affect your future
    You may not believe it, but it's true! Popularity is just a matter of opinion, and even the most popular kids may not have any real friends. It is much more important to look for quality of friends rather than quantity of friends.
  5. Respect your parents
    Your parents may not be with the times, but they usually have your best interest in mind. Plus, they have been there before, so they have an idea of what you are going through. If you don’t like their rules, tell them why, but don’t break them just to prove a point. Getting grounded for the weekend only punishes you.
  6. Don’t get involved with gossip
    Seriously, stay out of all forms of gossip, rumors or spiteful venting—this will all come back to haunt you. Staying out of this will keep you from being the topic of discussion and will save a lot of friendships.
  7. Don’t waste time being shy
    People like when you share your thoughts and add to a conversation. If you are shy, try taking yourself out of your comfort zone, like trying a new sport, running for class office or taking a debate class.
  8. Make new friends
    Making new friends exposes you to people of different backgrounds (social, ethnic groups, etc.), so it's like learning without the textbook.
  9. Don't procrastinate
    The sooner you get things done, the more time you will have to do the things you like to do. No matter how much you would love to plop down in front of the T.V. after a hard day, try to get to work as soon as possible.
  10. Accept change
    Accept change in your friends. Accept change in your school. Accept change in your teachers. Accept change in your homework. Accept change in yourself. High school is a huge landmark in life, and from here on out, there’s no going back. Don't try to keep things from changing, because change is good. Watch people around you become who they are going to be.
  11. Think POSITIVE
    Positive thinking will help motivate you to do what is right and what is necessary.
  12. Join clubs & organizations
    High school is a great time to figure out what you are interested in, and follow your interests through clubs and sports. Andrews Academy offers a variety of options; just pick the right ones for you.
  13. Eat lunch
    Whether you eat in the cafeteria or bring your lunch your brain/body needs energy to perform.
  14. Use your locker
    Not only do you look like a hunchback, toting all of your books around on your back, but it can’t be very comfortable either. Find which times of the day are best for you to go to your locker.
  15. Enjoy yourself!
    Freshman year can be so much fun—and you can choose to make it so.