Tips for Starting High School by Avery

Hey, it’s Avery! I’m starting my second year of high school tomorrow, I’ll be a sophomore and Poppy is going to be starting her freshman year of high school. My mom asked me to write a post to share some tips for starting high school. Maybe she just wanted me to send it to Poppy, not sure:)

Going into high school can be difficult, especially when you don’t know what to expect. Nowadays, high school students seem to have skipped the awkward phase our parents talk about and are faced with situations they never had to deal with. The advice our parents can give us teens about getting through these situations can only take us so far before their personal experiences don’t relate to what we are going through. 



I am a firm believer in Jim Rohn’s famous quote, “You are the average of the 5 people you spend most of your time with”. Of course, I know that we are not literally made up of our friends and family and that we are individuals, but I believe that we develop traits and tendencies from who we choose to be around. As teenagers, we are highly impressionable. 

My advice to teenagers entering high school is choose good friends! Find people who have the same standards as you do and push you to be a better person. Not only will you feel more comfortable and have more fun, but you will also be less likely to get into trouble. 


High school can seem like it’s the time of life for parties, football games, and making memories, but the biggest reason for these four years is our academic career and preparing for the future. Too many teens decide that grades don’t matter and put in minimal effort towards earning a GPA simply because of laziness or because they don’t think they are capable of a certain grade. 

If there is any advice I can give regarding grades in high school, it’s to study! Find different ways to make the information you are given stick in your brain. Whether it is writing down quick facts, doing a quizlet before a test, or simply reading over the notes you took in class, everyone can find some kind of studying style that works for them. Another major tip is doing your homework. In most high school classes, homework only counts as a small percentage of your overall grade and can seem useless and a waste of time. However, these are easy points to earn! Choosing to do the work you are assigned at home can be the difference of a letter  grade at the end of the semester and teachers are a lot more open to moving grades up with students who work hard to get work done. 


Getting involved with your school can bring some of the greatest memories during this time of your life. Whether you choose to join a club, try out for a sports team, auditioning for the school play, or simply attending football games and dances, participating in school activities can bring you closer to people you never would’ve reached out to otherwise. 


The only advice I can give regarding drama is to stay out of it! Don’t gossip. It will get back to you. Be Switzerland in other people’s issues. Don’t take sides or insert yourself into situations that you aren’t affected by. Drama and petty issues are never worth losing friendships and you will regret it later.

At the end of the day, everyone will have an individual experience in high school. These are your glory days and the times that you will talk to your kids and reminisce about with your friends years from now, so make the most of it! If you focus on working hard, having fun, and just being yourself, everything else will fall into place. 🙂


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