JetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1463 posts, RR: 1 Posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3511 times:
So, I asked you guys for tips about going to high school months ago, and now I'm in high school!
Well, I'm a freshmen, bottom of the food chain and us freshmens get a lot of "FRESHMEN!!" from the Sophomores, the Juniors and Seniors are much more mature.
Anywho, I started high school last september and it's not that bad! I expected it to be horrific and scary but its actually not. Apart from the first day of hs where I seriously got lost and I knew NO ONE. But later I realized, I wasn't alone, each one of us was scared and confused. I made new friends quickly but none as good as my junior high friends, though that'll change later on. The hardest part of high school is leaving junior high, I loved middle school so much. I had friends that I consider brothers and sisters, unfortunately, we went to separate high schools. Anywho, I kinda love high school now. I feel like I'm an adult; however; the biggest stress is getting good grades. I am...sorta like a grade freak, but Im not a nerd, I am a PRO Procrastinator. I'm getting my second report card this Wednesday and I think I did good, hopefully, I'll get a 98+ on my History Class, but I missed a lot of hw cuz of airliners lol! My hardest class is Aerospace Engineering (i go to Aviation HS) The teachers are so demanding but it is really interesting. I like my schedule also, I start nearly at 10AM, so that's goodm more sleep, but I end sometimes at 4:15, plus after school activities which can end at 6PM and I get home as late as 8PM. And to those who were valedictorians or salutatorians, do you have any advice for me? I'm aiming to become a vali or a salutatorian, and pretty much I'm on my way there, hopefully. So do you have any hs stories?? Thanks for your responses
Aeroflot001 From Argentina, joined Oct 2009, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3439 times:
As a junior at the most populated school in MIA the thought of enterig as a freshman was intimidating no doubt bt just as what happened with my entrance into middle school the first day was quite unegentful except for the fact that we were all lost because of how large the school is however we all quickly learned to manage. I think what scared kids the most is what they saw in the movies however in reality you aren't ever harassed with swirlies and Wexford and all that classic school stuff, everyone follows their own pah and mind their own business for the most part.
As for the stories as of now these past 2+ years have been quite uneventful and positive years. Good luck with your high school years and enjoy them, 9th grade may seem a bit slow however in 11th everything seems to be passing by quite the bit faster.
AF340 From Canada, joined Jul 2007, 2786 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3390 times:
Oh High School... Honestly the best time of my life. Mind you I went to an independent all-male school from Gr.7 through until graduation. I consider my high school buds brothers, far more so than the friends I made in university. The first couple years can be tough if you have a bad schedule or if you are starting with a whole bunch of new friends, but it gets much much better. At first I thought I loved Middle School, but it was crap compared to my time in the Upper Years.
Hopefully you have a similar experience to me. Just remember to cherish these years, they go by far quicker than they should.
That sounds similar to my HS. I went to an all boys Catholic technical institute. The technology classes were demanding but I felt like I was learning something useful.
Our schedule went from 7:30a to 4:30p and we always had 3hrs of homework every night. Because most of us had no other friends our age outside of school, our mischief was carefully planned to occur during school hours while under the watch of the clergy. We cherished even the smallest acts of deviance. We did things like assembling lab engines with Hostess cupcakes inside the cylinders or put a rolled up piece of paper in the mouth of a Jesus statue to make it look like a cigarette.
Garpd From UK - Scotland, joined Aug 2005, 2696 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3371 times:
Quoting AF340 (Reply 2): ust remember to cherish these years, they go by far quicker than they should.
Couldn't agree more.
The British system is somewhat different, but I'd imagine the whole experience is pretty similar.
I remember my first day at High School. It was at the end of the long summer holidays (6 to 7 weeks). The school itself was huge and getting lost was normal for the first week or so.
Being the youngest and newest members of the school can be an unpleasant experience, you are literally at the bottom of the food chain. If you're lucky, friends from Primary (Elementary) school join you at the same High school so this makes the experience a little more enjoyable.
All I can do is echo AF340's comments. Cherish these days. There is a lot of fun, trial and tribulation ahead. There will be good times, there will be bad times. But they'll also be the best time of your life. You don't realise it, but these years will help shape you into the adult you will become. I guess thats why they are predominantly fun. It's an adventure!
ajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3349 times:
I hated Secondary school.
It was awful, the people were awful, the teachers couldn't teach or control a class, the ones who could were horrible. They treated us like little kids. I'm glad I'm out of that craphole now and at college doing something I actually want to do - I can honestly say I was taught NOTHING that has helped me in everyday life, barring how to put a condom on. Seriously.
af773atmsp From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2706 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3346 times:
My first day of high school was also scary. I was switching from a private middle school to a public high school so I didn't know pretty much anybody. Freshman year slowly but surely got better, sophomore year was awesome, and so far nothing going on junior year, hopefully the rest of the year will be good. I also took Aerospace Engineering and ended up getting a D- for my final grade.
seb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11760 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3298 times:
I thought I enjoyed high school. But, then, my 20th reunion came around. I became reaquainted with an old high school friend and he told me a lot of things that had gone on behind my back about me. All the lies and cheating and things like that. In retrospect, I should have gone to my 20th just so I could look at them and say "hey, at least I made it out of here after you all told me I would never leave!" Mind you, I grew up in PDT, a town of 20 000, and went to the second largest high school in Umatilla County. My class had less than 200.
As far as the way I remember high school: It was okay. New revalations not withstanding. I was the school gossip. More like: People would come tell me stuff because they knew I would never ever tell anyone else. I think because our school was so small, we had no harrassment of sophomores (it was a 3 year high school). There were roumers my 9th grade year that the first year of high school would be hell because of the abuse at the hands of upper classmen, but nothing happened. I credit that (partly) with the fact the principle's daughter was in my class and the daughter of our class councelor was in our class. His son was a senior when I was a sophomore.
Your profile says you live in NYC. That is a major advantage right there. You have so much more than those of us who grew up in the middle of nowhere. Enjoy your schooling and enjoy your experience. If anyone tells you that you can not do something or achieve a goal, do it anyway just to piss them off.
N6238P From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 509 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3297 times:
I think the best memory of high school was in college when I realized if I held onto what I had there, I would never advance in life. I was pretty quiet my freshman and sophomore years pretty much laying low until I made good enough friends that actually wanted to do something with me besides look at what I had in my vocab workshop book. I didn't join every student group or try out for every team. I just did things I wanted to do, got good enough grades and got into the college I wanted to. Aside from facebook, I really only keep in regular contact with 7 or 8 people I went to high school with. Its not that I don't want to, I just moved on. You'll move on from middle school and when you eventually get to college you'll move on from high school. You just have to enjoy yourself with the time you have and be willing to accept changes in your environment.
My freshman year of college I remember meeting tons of guys and girls that couldn't let go of high school. A majority of these people ended up leaving after their first or second semesters and now they're back at home going nowhere fast. Don't end up like those people. Take advantage of any opportunity to advance yourself and have fun. Don't think you'll never meet as good as friends as you did in middle school.
To actively root against anybody is just low, and I hope karma comes back at you with a vengeance
srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3281 times:
Quoting N6238P (Reply 8): My freshman year of college I remember meeting tons of guys and girls that couldn't let go of high school.
Some still do years later. I remember going to my 10 year high school reunion several years ago, and some folks were saying how they tried to get some of our fellow classmates to come, but they still harbored a lot bad feelings about their high school years. Considering some of the bullying and picking on I suffered my first two years of high school, I should be one of those who should be harboring such feelings, but I don't. When I graduated high school, I left all of that behind. One of the guys that had picked on me throughout middle school and high school, actually apologized for doing so at the Senior dance the night before graduation. I've had a few others who picked on me during high school and middle school apologize to me after high school as well, some doing so years later. When I graduated high school, I viewed going to college as a new beginning, and to not let my past completely govern my future. While I did go to college with some folks I knew from high school, the fact that we had all gone to the same high school actually helped to form a bond that completely ignored the past.
High school at times was not the most memorable of times, but those times play a huge part in your life down the road. There are some people that hate high school so much that they try to get out of there as soon as they can. We're not just talking about people dropping out; I knew a few people that went to night school and summer school in addition to attending classes at their regular school. Most folks that go to night school or summer school are there to make up a class they failed or are there as part of an "alternative" school.
I look back at my high school years and do have some regrets. I wish I would have worked harder the entire time I was in high school and not just my Senior year so I could graduate on time. This way I could have graduated with a GPA that was more indicative of my abilities and not one that said that I didn't take things too seriously until I needed to. My first two years of high school really forced me to have to buckle down the last two, as I actually failed my Freshman year. I failed two classes both semesters and did not have enough credits to become a Sophomore, so I was a Freshman two years straight and when I was supposed to be a Junior, I was a Sophomore, but managed to have enough credits to be a Senior. What hurt, was that I failed another class my second Freshman year, so I was just shy of having enough credits to become a Junior. I went to summer school between my Junior and Senior years and got caught up on my credits by making up one of the classes I had failed. I still ended up having to go to night school the last part of my Senior year to make up one more of the classes I failed, as originally, I was going to take two classes to makeup the two English credits I needed, but the canceled one of the classes due to lack of students (I think I was the only one who signed up for it.), so I had to go to night school to make one of them up. I missed out on doing some after school things as a result (Like being in the Spring musical), and at the time that sucked.
At times, I regret never going to a homecoming dance or to prom. I came close to going to prom my Senior year, but waited too late to find a date (I almost was going to go with a friend of mine, as she had broken up with her original date but then one of her friends' boyfriend set her up with a classmate of his from college.). At times I regret never having a high school sweetheart, but considering how nearly everyone that I knew from my high school never married their high school sweetheart and the ones that did so ended up divorced within a few years. While there are some former classmates that married each other, they didn't get together until sometime after high school.
sw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6361 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3260 times:
I split my high school years between a school Windhoek, Namibia and a school in Chicago, USA - 2 years in Namibia, 2 years in the USA. One thing I learned - the stereotypical "high school experience", i.e. getting picked on, beat up, outcasted, etc., are a lot more rare than the movies and such make them out to be. High school was fun...college was more fun, but high school was fun. Everyone got along, everyone worked hard, and everyone had fun.
JetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3086 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3227 times:
After going to a private catholic school for K-8, I was pretty nervous when my parents decided to send me to a public high school. For the past nine years, I had been going to school with the same 30 other kids and they were really the only people I knew. Thankfully, it didn't take long for me to meet new people and fit in well. To people who are faced with similar situations, I always recommend playing a sport if you can. I did football and wrestling throughout my four years there, and that's where I met most of my friends. I would imagine clubs offer the same opportunities, however that's just not the route I took. I really only have two regrets when it comes to high school... First, I wish I would have put more into it, academically that is. I pretty much cruised through all four years with about a 2.75-3.0 GPA not because I was stupid, but because I was lazy and didn't really feel like doing more than what I saw as necessary. Yeah, I still got into a four year university with those grades, but still, I feel I could have done better. My other regret was not being outgoing with the ladies until my junior year. In my first two years, I know I wasted one to many opportunities with them. Thankfully, I was able to get it together and enjoy the last two years with them.
Overall, I would say I really enjoyed high school. I had great teachers, great friends, and had a blast playing sports. The four years went by incredibly fast and sometimes I find myself wishing I could go back.
Aloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4521 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3209 times:
Quoting srbmod (Reply 9): One of the guys that had picked on me throughout middle school and high school, actually apologized for doing so at the Senior dance the night before graduation. I've had a few others who picked on me during high school and middle school apologize to me after high school as well, some doing so years later.
I can identify with this. I had a very similar experience in that regard.
I had struggled with being picked on throughout my young life, though High School was probably the least painful of all of my pre-university school years. I couldn't really fit in well with people before high school, but during my high school years, I came to know lots of people. Though I can't say any of them were truly close friends.
Years after high school ended, I was diagnosed with Asperger's disorder, and now I know why school was so hard for me. I did well in my classes, but socially I was inept and became an easy target. Nowadays when I run into someone that I went to high school with, they often apologize for the way they treated me back then.
These days I'm engaged to a lovely girl who understands my condition and has loads of patience for helping me understand social nuances. I'm really lucky in this respect.
Fly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 3179 times:
I hated high school. Mostly because I made the mistake of choosing the highschool based on some random recommendation. It was an all male catholic school . Bad things happen with that much testosterone concentrated in such small spaces. I wasn't the victim of much bullying since I was the oldest guy, and very skilled at psychological warfare , but the level of douchebaggery, drama and the obnoxious clicks were just sickening. Also, academically the school was waaay too easy, which hurt me a lot academically and I struggled a lot in college. At any rate, I was glad to be out of high school. Out of all my years in schooling, college was by far the best that happened to me. I made real, life long friends and finally got to study what I wanted.
Aaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8220 posts, RR: 26
Reply 14, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 3171 times:
If you have a rivalry with a nearby school, steal their mascot under the cover of dark, drown it in the swimming pool, and then post a banner between two trees on their property marking them as losers, make sure you spell both "loser" and the name of the school correctly. In the case of the rival school that did all the above to my alma mater, they failed to do both, which earned them an embarassing mention in the local newspaper
I also wouldn't recommended letting onery feelings bring a premature end to your high school career. Guy in my sophomore English class got expelled for attempting to lift the dress of our 20-something hottie teacher as she walked by his desk. Which suddenly brings back great memories of staring across the room at a certain Leah who always wore short shorts that would expose panty whenever she opened her legs under the desk...it must've been intentional since we later went out a few times and she showed a bit more. Ahhh high school
[Edited 2010-12-05 12:54:35]
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Luftfahrer From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 1037 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3134 times:
No, once I graduate I don't think I will miss having to listen to other people's inane conversations, the everyday affronts and all the pointless classes that I have very little interest in taking. A bit of a sad summary of my school life, I know. I would have hoped it to be different in many ways but was left disappointed anyway. There are some bright spots, though, like teachers who actually care for their students and who I have learned a lot from, fun trips and exchanges to far-away places, and my personal "psychological studies"...
Quoting sw733 (Reply 10): Everyone got along, everyone worked hard, and everyone had fun.
Consider yourself lucky.
'He resembled a pilot, which to a seaman is trustworthiness personified.' Joseph Conrad
WESTERN737800 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 693 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3072 times:
Quoting JetsGo (Reply 11): To people who are faced with similar situations, I always recommend playing a sport if you can.
I agree. I hated Jr high, then in highschool I started hanging out with athletes. I wasn't an athlete, but watchin my friends playin they really opened up to me and I made many lifelong friends. Athletics teaches teamwork which is invaulable in every walk of life. If there's people around you that you aren't comfortable being around, just find some other people to hang with. If you are not into sports, check out some clubs, the school band, youth group, ect. Be couterous and smile around other people, that stuff has lasting impressions. I graduated in a class of about 200. I didn't get very good grades and I wasn't an athlete, but because of the friendships I made highschool was a great time. Keep up your grades as much as you can, that can eliminate a lot of stress, don't get too stressed over it though...you can only control what you can control. Work hard, have fun, make the most every day, and enjoy. Good luck.
I agree...I played on my high school golf and soccer/football teams, both in the USA and in Namibia, and I feel like I can attribute a lot of my good work ethic and team building skills to these two activities. A lot of people think sports in school is just that, sports...but I think it is a lot more.
HKA098 From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 556 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2967 times:
I would agree that participating in some kind of sport, in high school, can make one's life easier there. I hated sports and did not play for any of the school teams. The one sport I did do throughout my entire childhood, swimming, was for another organization all together. We often swam against my high school, which did not help at all when we won... I often saw the negative end of what sports did for the students (gangs, strength in numbers). Come junior year, I stopped attending gym all together. Partaking in geeky activities like debate and academic decathlon also did not help out with the jock clique. My first vehicle was a motorcycle, and that is great for raising anyone's stock among the high school folk. The d-bag principal eventually forbade me from parking it on school grounds.
I had a couple of great teachers which were successful and keeping me interested in the mundane subjects they taught. Whatever you decide to do, find the folks that you have the most in common with and they'll accept you. I wouldn't want to go through high school again for anything in the World.
FXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7319 posts, RR: 85
Reply 21, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2957 times:
The only fight I've ever been in was with a bully in high school. He picked on a mentally handicap freshman and I broke the bully's jaw and right orbit. The high school I went to had tuition that rivaled a private college so my folks refused to allow me to receive any discipline at the threat of removing my brother and I and taking the ten's of thousands of dollars worth of tuition with them to another school. It was disgusting the administration knew about the bully and his past and allowed the abuse. Some years later, I ended up being close friends with the ex-bully.
type-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2929 times:
I went to your average run of the mill middle class high school in the suburbs of Chicago.(1965-69) It was the most boring time of my life. I participated in sports teams, drama, etc. but I was still bored. With the exception of a few, the teachers were like the living dead. They went through the motions, but honestly they could care less. I got good grades though. I spent most of the 4 years there waiting for the weekends to come. Unfortunately, one of my favorite teachers was on TWA 800.
My freshman year I did find quite a few friends, which made it less boring. At least we had that in common. One of the happiest days of my life was graduation day.
College was a whole different world! No stupid ass rules. No nasty uncaring teachers. Total freedom to make it or break it. I really excelled there. Plus I learned to fly there!
PWM2TXLHopper From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1351 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2847 times:
Quoting JetBlue777 (Thread starter): So, I asked you guys for tips about going to high school months ago, and now I'm in high school!
Well, I'm a freshmen, bottom of the food chain and us freshmens get a lot of "FRESHMEN!!" from the Sophomores, the Juniors and Seniors are much more mature.
You might feel like you're in the bottom of the food chain, but in reality -the real world- everybody in high school is in the bottom of the food chain! The freshmen is really no different than the senior who's an entire THREE years older! (Three years seems a lot when you're 15, but it's really nothing) I don't mean to offend you or sound like your parents, but everybody in high school are just kids. Kids that live at home, whose parents provide for them and have the final say. Kids that have limited life experience, and whose biggest worry is fitting in with their peers. Kids who are horny, insecure, and still finding themselves. Kids who still have to report home by a certain hour of the night that their parents or town curfew tells them to be in by. These things progress, but continue right up through early twenties.
But look at it this way. Those same seniors that are a few years older and seem a lot more mature than you... Well, in about nine months they'll be at "the bottom of the food chain," so to speak? They will be the kiddies on their college campuses. Getting homesick. Calling home in tears begging to come home after a few weeks because they aren't making friends, or they're having problems with their roommate or professor and find the change of freedom and living on their own too much to handle too fast. They'd rather come home to the familiar comfort of mom and dad taking care of things for them. Feeding them. Doing their laundry and taking care of their problems. Suddenly, the big kids aren't so big anymore! At least as far as the older students on campus are concerned! They're just the babies!
Then, you have the people who are out of college..... To them, the high school kids and the college kids are both on the bottom of the food chain together! Not much difference. Both sets are still young and finding themselves. Don't have to work for a living, and have minimal life experience. They have a few more serious things to think about, but their biggest concerns are still a lot like the high school set. Being cool, being liked, and dating the hottest girl/guy.
And then it still continues. You get out of college or high school, and start working an entry level job. To the older people who've been there a while, who are in their 30's and higher, these new "kids" are just the rookies. Hell, they haven't been promoted! They haven't been fired! They haven't even had time to have kids or get a divorce! They're just "kids" to them.
But it's still not over! Then you have the senior citizens who've retired. To them, anybody younger and still in the work force is just a young whippersnapper. They've barely even experienced life! Or started experiencing things like their friends/siblings/relatives start dieing from disease and old age. What could they possibly know about life? They're not even at mid-life yet! Or they weren't even born until the old person was 20 years into their career, with grown children!
So, my point is that no matter how old you are, they'll always be somebody ahead of you who considers you on the bottom of the food chain! Don't let it bother you! Although it takes about ten years to realize it, the truth is that anything that happens in high school doesn't matter! It's all just training for life. That includes things like learning responsibility, work ethic, and even dating/relationships. Things that seem like a nightmare, most humiliating moment of your life, heartbreaking, or even the end of the world in high school... Well, by the time you're in your mid-twenties, it all becomes insignificant! Often even humorous! You realize the high school sweetheart that you planned to be with forever, the relationship actually fizzled out the summer after graduation. The set of friends at graduation who you made an oath with to always stay together, you realize "Hey, out of those ten guys, there's only one left I still talk to! I don't even know where the others are these days?" The time your parents took away the car for 6 months and you thought you'd die, and wanted to kill them too? You find yourself laughing about it with them all of a sudden.
Just enjoy yourself while you don't have all the responsibility of living in the real world. If I could go back and do it over, I would in a heartbeat. Even though back when I was in high school I would have given a leg to get out, It was pretty damn fun, and not very stressful looking back on it now! Was pretty easy living. And I wasn't even one of the cool kids. I actually had it pretty hard! But it was still easy compared to real life!