High School: The Nitty Gritty Part 1

Dear Freshman,

Welcome to the first day of the rest of your life! Seriously, EVERYTHING you do from now until you walk out to Pomp & Circumstance in college will decide a large portion of who you are and what you will be able to do. So, first thing’s first: academics. This is very straight forward: do your best and get good grades!

Classes and Teachers

Pay attention to which classes you like and which classes you can’t stand. Ask yourself, why these classes? Is it because of the teacher or the subject material?

Make sure you pinpoint the actual cause of your discomfort or your excitement. Maybe you like English because the class is large and the teacher just lectures you; this will help you realize that you may prefer colleges with large class sizes. The little things like this will aid in narrowing down your college choices later on.

Subject Material

Also, pay attention to the way you feel about certain subject material. Usually, nothing about this is black and white. Sometimes, you’ll notice that you can do something really well, but you get bored of it, i.e. I can do math very well, it just bores me. Sometimes, you won’t do very well in a subject, but you love it and want to improve on it.

This might point to possible major selections, or major eliminations that help you determine your major selections. But, keep in mind that throughout high school and college, you will mature and grow, and many things about you will change. So, keep an open mind; but don’t force yourself to love something because of someone else.


Students, don't blatantly disregard your parents' ideas! They will have some very helpful insight. Parents, love your children's abilities and welcome their opinions. Students,communicate with your parents. They want to hear what you have to say, even if you think they don’t, because they only want what’s best for you.

Good luck, ya'll!