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Starting High School-Tips for Girls

Updated on August 1, 2011

High School Freshman

Girls Stuff

Tips for Freshmen Girls

Say "Hi" to the people in seats next to you in class

Have a positive attitude and others will too

If you sit alone at lunch, trust that someone will sit with you

Be organized, use a whiteboard at home and in your locker for due dates

Get a phone number of someone from each class

Take notes and read them before a quiz or test

Be assertive but do not be mean

Do not ever go to a party alone

Have a designated driver

Be careful what you say, teen-agers do not keep secrets well

Believe what you see and do not spread rumors

Talking helps, try to use "I feel" messages and others will too

Help calm drama, don't create or encourage it

Have and use protection from pregnancy and disease

Keep extra pens, pencils, tampons, and deodorant in your locker

Maintain a relationship with your parents; they have your best interests at heart

Believe in yourself, have pride and dignity in all you do

Enjoy your life

High School is an Adventure

Starting High School

High school is a scary change from Junior High or Elementary School.  The first week is confusing, fun, exciting, stressful, and wonderful.  The routine of classes and breaks will soon become normal.

Your high school career lasts four years, how those years are filled is up to you.  As you grow into an adult in high school, you will make important decisions about how you learn and how you will earn your living after school.  If you plan for college now, you will be successful in earning a college degree.  Waiting until you are a senior to prepare for college will limit your chances for college success. 

Even if you don't think you will go to college you will need a high school degree to find any job that pays more than minimum wage.  It is important for you to stay in school as long as possible in order to have a future without poverty. 

If your school has a large campus and you are not familiar with the layout, be sure to attend the summer orientation program.  If you can't make it to the scheduled orientation, go to the school with an adult and learn where your classes and lockers are before the first day of school.

Orientation is an opportunity to meet other new students and to meet the staff and teachers you will be working with for the school year.  Parents have the same opportunity to meet other parents of the freshman class at your high school.

High school has many fun extracurricular activities including sports, clubs, drama, band, and more.  Finding out what you will enjoy in the way of hobbies and healthy activities is a big part of the high school experience.  Trying different activities is important and allows you to discover your talents.  Joining a group like student government, debate, cheerleading, and other extracurricular activities keeps you healthy and connected with other students who have similar interests.

Course work in high school seems to be harder at first, but it is possible to earn good grades. You will learn more about the same subjects you studied in junior high school. Your teachers and other staff are ready to help if you begin to struggle with homework or if you have difficulty understanding a subject.  The internet is a valuable learning tool and your school will have access to online information for your research and learning needs. 

Resources like the library, internet search engines like Google and Bing, and educational videos from sites like YouTube, will help you learn.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions, there are other students with the same questions, and the teachers use questions to adjust lessons so everyone can learn. 

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      Paige 5 years ago

      Hey, thanks for writing this article. I'm quite shy and reserved so I'm nervous about starting high school (I doubt I will have the nerve to approach anyone). These tips helped me a lot.

      I'm trying to be more outgoing, and this is the motto that really helped me:

      If you can't make it, fake it!

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      Brittany 5 years ago

      I will be starting high school next year I am a little scared about it but your tip will help me a lot thank you!

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      hellokittygirl101 6 years ago

      Hello! I am definitely ready for HS now! ? Thankyou so much! I would recommend to everyone my age! ?????

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      Charlotte B Plum 6 years ago

      Hey hayforkhills!

      welcome to hubpages! I just realized that you joined hubpages JUST! it's a nice community here! =)

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      Maria Hill 6 years ago from United States

      Thank you Charlotte, you made the very first comment I've received. I'm popping right over to see your hub.

      Thanks again, I feel so encouraged! I love to write : )

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      Charlotte B Plum 6 years ago

      These are really great tips! Every high school girl should read this! voted up and useful =)