By Ava Shome
In the Upper School, everyone has their own opinions and expectations for freshman year. The seniors and juniors have very little tolerance for the freshman, and the freshmen are intimidated by everything the upperclassmen do. Yes seniors, we know how annoyed you get when we are loud in the library. Juniors, we are sorry that we bump into you in the halls while walking and texting. But trust me, we will improve over time. And sophomores, weren’t you just freshman, three months ago?
Since the seniors have been in the Upper School for the longest amount of time, they already expect the freshman to block the hallways, be loud, and take chairs from the senior tables at lunch. Many of the freshman have said that they are expected to be “perfect students” since we are new to the high school. However, I am telling you, it is perfectly okay if you are not familiar with your schedule yet, or if you are still coming to class after the second bell. Being in high school gives you increased responsibility and opportunities to be more independent, but freshman, remember that this freedom is a privilege not a right. Yes, freshman, it is very tempting to look at your phone if you see it light up in class, but don’t do it. As many of the seniors say, “you better be on the teachers good side” and your teacher better not catch you trying to text below the table. This is not the only piece of advice that the seniors have to offer so make sure to take all the advice you can get from seniors, because it can definitely make your first year of high school easier. So some advice how to deal with the seniors?
Tip #1: Let them cut you in the lunch line; after three years of long lunch lines, the seniors are more than tired of waiting in that long line for food.
Tip #2: Be quiet when they are around; no senior likes pesky annoying freshman.
Tip #3: Avoid walking in front of seniors in the hall, and by some unlucky chance you get stuck walking in front of a senior, walk fast; no ones dislikes a freshman who starts traffic more than the seniors.
Seniors aren’t the only things to watch out for in the upper school. Not just freshman, but everyone, it is very important to do your homework and keep up on your studies. Yes, HB gives a lot of homework, but you do not need to stay up until 2:00 am studying for your biology quiz first period. Here are some tips on how to handle the heavy homework load.
Tip #1: Try to get ahead as often as possible, so you can avoid cramming.
Tip #2: If you know that you will not be able to get an assignment on time, talk to the teacher. I am positive that the teacher will be flexible; after all, teachers were once students too, and they know that every once in a while you will have to go to your great grandmother’s 98th birthday.
Tip #3: Get lots of sleep. It is very hard to go to sleep at a reasonable time, but try to go as early as you can. Not only does a lack of sleep interfere with your studies, but it is also not good for you health.
Tip #4: Remember that the teachers understand that you are new to the upper school and just beginning to get into the swing of things, so remember to relax, don’t stress and take a deep breath every once in a while.
Although upper school gives the students a lot of freedom, remember it is not all fun and games. You may not be thinking about this now, but colleges do take your freshman year into consideration so study hard and make good decisions.