How to Know What to Expect for the First Day of High School
Starting high school can be scary, and it’s perfectly normal to feel nervous. Stay positive, and remember that your new classmates feel nervous, too. Before your first day, try to learn about your new school by checking out its website and social media pages. Go to orientation, where you’ll receive your schedule, maps, and other info. Start conversations with new people, and do your best not to be intimidated by upperclassmen and teachers. By the end of the day, your workload might seem overwhelming, but you'll get used to having a little more homework. Once you get settled, you'll wonder why you were ever nervous!
Easing Your Nerves
Stay positive and encourage yourself.
It’s normal to feel nervous about your first day of high school. However, try to open yourself up to new experiences, meeting people, learning, and other exciting opportunities that high school offers.
Talk to a parent, older sibling, or friend about being nervous.
Your parents and other relatives have been through high school and plenty of other life events. They understand how you feel and can help you focus on the positive aspects of high school.
Try not to dwell on nervous questions.
Your mind might be spinning with questions like, “Will I make friends?” or “Will my teachers like me?” When you feel anxious and start second-guessing yourself, take a deep breath. Tell your mind to stop dwelling on nervous questions, and try to think about something you find relaxing.
Remind yourself that your new classmates are nervous, too.
New situations can be stressful, but you’re not alone! Your new classmates feel the same jitters as you. Even if someone seems like they’re cool as a cucumber, they’re probably feeling pretty nervous on the inside.
Learning about Your New School
Check out your school online.
Your school’s website and social media pages can help you get a feel for your new surroundings. Look for maps of the grounds and buildings, information about extracurricular activities, and pictures of your new classmates and teachers.
Study your school’s map.
When you get your school’s map, mark the locations of your homeroom, locker, classes, and other key spots. Try to get a feel for how far you’ll walk to get from one class to the next.
Go to orientation.
Chances are, your school will offer a freshman orientation before the first day of school. Don’t skip it! You’ll receive plenty of helpful information, like your schedule and maps, and you'll get the chance to meet your new classmates.
Ask older friends who go to your new high school for advice.
Find out if any older friends from middle school go to your new high school. If you have any friends who started at your new school last year, get in touch with them. Ask them what your new school is like, what you should expect, and if they have any tips for getting used to high school.
Meeting New People
Talk to people who didn’t go to your primary school.
There might be lots of people from your primary school in your high school class. However, try to make new friends instead of only talking to people you already know. Do your best to relax and take advantage of opportunities to meet new people.
Be yourself instead of putting on an act to impress people.
Don’t think of a new high school as an opportunity to drastically change who you are. It’s one thing to get a haircut or switch up your wardrobe, but don’t put on an act when you introduce yourself to new people.
Start conversations with small talk or by complimenting someone.
It can be difficult to talk to new people, especially if you’re naturally shy. Try paying a genuine compliment to the person who sits next to you in homeroom or math class.
Look into joining a club or activity.
You might start hearing about extracurricular activities during orientation or in your first few days of school. Joining a club, sport, or other activity is a great way to meet new people with similar interests.
Going to Your First Classes
Get ready and walk, drive, or take the bus to school.
Wake up early enough so you can do your morning routine and have breakfast without having to rush. If a parent is driving you, have them drop you off where you'll start your day, such as homeroom or assembly.
Track down your locker and work it into your schedule.
If your school has lockers, you probably got your locker number and lock combination during orientation. Try to find spots in your schedule where you can head to your locker to swap books.
Tag along with someone if they're going to the same class.
You could ask someone sitting next to you what their next class is. If it's the same as yours, walk to class together, and have a conversation on the way.
Ask for directions if you get lost.
No one is going to judge you for being new, so ask for help if you need it. If you have no clue where to go and your head is spinning, just take a deep breath and try to relax. Look around for someone who looks like they know where they’re going, and ask for directions to your next class.
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