First Day of School

Whether you’re going from middle school to high school or straight from elementary to high, the transition is both jarring and scary. A lot changes when you reach grade 9 and beyond, and though you will gradually adjust to these changes it takes some time.

Nor does that assurance help much on the first day of school. Some confident oddballs will find this visit into new territory an exhilarating and fantastic experience; most students, however, will probably be terrified that they’ll get beat up by the older years.

Don’t panic. This does happen, sure, but not too often – and not if you’re smart. Here are some tips to help you survive that crucial first day of high school, and several more after that. Eventually you’ll learn these things whether you want to or not, so going in prepped and ready certainly can’t hurt.

– First, make sure you have everything you need: binders, pencils, erasers, pens, rulers, paper, the whole shebang. You never know when teachers will decide to drop a pop quiz or a serious on your sorry head, and though most are compassionate enough to not begin right away the occasional jerk instructor does exist. Be prepared.

– That said, though, you want to maintain an even to low profile. Don’t run around boasting about how ready you are for school, don’t show off all your flashy new stuff, and most of all don’t flaunt yourself too much in front of older students. Most won’t care, but the occasional bully will look for targets among the fresh crop, and you don’t want to be noticeable.

– So, to this end, travel in packs. You probably have some friends from your previous school who wound up here as well, and if so you can all travel together to minimize the risks. Do this for the first little while until you really get the feel of the school and don’t wind up lost and on your own, as this can get you in trouble both for finding class and for getting cornered where you don’t want to be.

– And if you don’t have any friends? Try to make some. Look for other students who seem to be isolated from the other groups and strike up a conversation. This can be nerve-wracking, but having the support of someone else from the first day onward is invaluable for many reasons.

– Bring your timetable. This is crucial. Most students won’t know where their classes are on the first day – this is expected by most staff members – but they won’t accept the excuse that you have no time table with which to check your class numbers.This way, at the very least, you can ask passing teachers for directions between classes.

– Pay close attention to what your teachers have to say. All too often the first day is almost a wasted day when it comes to introductions and lectures and so forth. That said, some teachers will point out some key things elsewhere in the term, and noting them early is important for prep purposes.

– And, above all else, try to have fun. Don’t get too nervous about your first day. Remember, everyone else in your class is in the same boat. This is your home for the next few years, so getting too frightful about it won’t help a bit.

Despite what this article suggests, high schools are not normally a place of miserable violence. You’ll probably run into trouble at times, yes, but you’re also bound to learn a lot and create numerous fond memories. Cherish them now, as they won’t last forever.