Feeling a little intimidated about starting high school? It’s no
small wonder! This is the year when every grade matters and your permanent
record counts. The transition to high school is a big one and may take
a couple of weeks or months to get used to. It’s really good practice
for the jump from school to college life which is an even bigger change.
One of the ways in which you can make a seamless transition to high school
life is to learn good organizational skills.
You’ve already selected the academic track you will take to realize
your future career aspirations, but it’s impossible to judge how
much you will enjoy a subject before you start taking it. If you find
your workload is too big, it may be advisable to defer some courses until
you have found your footing. It’s best to do a few things really
well than many things badly. If you are feeling overwhelmed or you have
trouble keeping up with or grasping material, speak with your teacher,
parents or student councillor.
Dealing with academic issues early on will mean you have time to change
tactics or get a tutor who can help you to stay ahead of the curve. Your
teachers and parents are there to support you and help you through the
Take care of yourself
With the increased academic load, it’s important to maintain a good
balance in life. This is a life skill that will ensure a happier healthier
you. Take time out with friends and socialize, eat well, exercise regularly
and make space in your life for family time too. Getting the balance right
is tricky, so speak with councillors or your parents if you are finding
that you don’t seem to have enough time to fit everything in.
The first few weeks at high school are the hardest. You can ease the transition
by getting organized before your academic year begins. Ensure that you
know the basic layout of the school so that you can find all your new
classes with ease. You should also be aware of how long it takes you to
get from one class to another so that you can avoid being late.
Identify your support group and know which of your friends will be attending
school with you, who your teachers are and which counsellors are there to help.
Join social and sports groups early on to help you to make new friends
with similar interests. Getting involved will help you to feel at home.
Tour the school’s website for important information, teacher profiles
and other pertinent rules and regulations that may apply to you.
High school is a fun, exciting time for you. While it may seem strange
and intimidating in the beginning, you will soon get the hang of things.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you are not coping socially or
academically. You will be amazed at how helpful your fellow students,
parents and councillors will be.