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Sunday, 17 September 2000

You Asked, Erin Answered: Pre-High School Jitters

Written by  Erin Donovan

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QWhat is it like your first year of high school? Do the teachers go easy on you or are they pretty strict? Do kids pick on the freshmen a lot?

ALet me tell you, everyone getting ready to enter high school worries about this one! It's a brand new experience, so it can bring anticipation and anxiety. To be honest, the way things will go differs from school to school. The best way to find out is ask someone who's gone to the school you will be going to. If your friends have any older brother's or sisters that went there, or if any one in your neighborhood went there, ask them how things went.

Don't be afraid to ask the questions that concern you, because I'm sure everyone else is concerned too.

In general, teachers realize how scary it is for freshman and will not be too tough on you at first. The work level will probably be about what it is at your jr. high the first few weeks. Sometimes the jr. high's take orientation trips to see the high school. If yours does, don't be afraid to ask the questions that concern you, because I'm sure everyone else is concerned too. If you don't have an orientation, talk with some of your teachers about what they know about the high school, and what to expect.

There are always the horror stories passed around about how seniors like to terrorize freshman. Usually it's nothing to worry about. They might call "Hey freshman" and laugh as you walk down the hall; but the jokes and pranks usually subside after the first week or so. Again, it differs from school to school, but most of the people I've talked to from different schools around the country haven't had any problems.

I wish you luck, and hope you enjoy your high school years :)

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Erin Donovan

Erin Donovan

Erin Donovan's contributions were written in the year before she began college, at which time she was WholeFamily's Senior Teen Advisor.

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