Listen up freshman girls! We have some advice for how to survive your first year of high school. Freshman year can be challenging, especially for young girls dealing with all the pressures of societal expectations. High school seems like a big, scary new world at first, but don’t worry because these upperclassman are here to help […]
Listen up freshman girls! We have some advice for how to survive your first year of high school. Freshman year can be challenging, especially for young girls dealing with all the pressures of societal expectations. High school seems like a big, scary new world at first, but don’t worry because these upperclassman are here to help guide you through your first year of high school! We know it’s tough. But everyone goes through it, and hopefully this advice will make your freshman year a little easier and more enjoyable.
I’m sure if we could go back to freshman year, we would all change something about ourselves or give ourselves a piece of advice.
Victoria Moyo (’17) shared what she would change about her freshman year experience.
“I would make more friends and not just stick to the same group. I would definitely be more active in the school community,” she explained.
Victoria stated how her fashion choices freshman year were not the best decisions.
“I would tell myself not to wear those baggy pants I used to wear freshman year. And socks over pants is not a cute look,” she laughed.
Mariel Dozier (’17) also added her regrets about freshman year and explained the importance of branching out and making more friends at CB.
“If I could do one thing differently freshman year, I’d say I would focus a little less on the friends I have back in Elk Grove and try to expand my circles for friends at CB. I would make friends with everyone instead of just the people I thought were “important,” because you’re with them for the next four years.”
If Mariel could give her freshman self one piece of advice, she would tell herself to be more open to friendships.
“Be nice to everyone, and try to become friends with as many people as you can because there are only 263 people in our class and all of them are interesting. You don’t want to be a senior and be like ‘Oh, I’ve never talked to that person,'” she shared.
Emily Feinstein (’17) also shared her advice for be more open to meeting new people and making new friends.
“If I could give my freshman self one piece of advice, I’d tell myself to not say no to plans and hanging out with people so often because hanging out with people and making friends is always a good time and causes for some amazing memories,” she smiled.
Emily also regretted not getting more involved in school activities.
“One thing I regret most about freshman year is not getting more involved with the school. Sure I played a sport, but I wish I got involved with clubs and things going on around campus,” She said.
Lexi MacDonald (’17) agreed with Emily about getting more involved.
“Take every opportunity that you can, even if you feel like you’re not going to be the best at it. It’s always good to try new things. Join clubs. And actually go to the meetings,” Lexi advises.
The distraction of trying to impress boys is definitely a key factor of freshman year for most girls. Being young and naive makes it easy to get a little boy crazy, but it’s never worth your education, girl! Focus on your school work now, you have plenty of time to find a boyfriend later.
Leana Vicio (’17) shared her regrets about focusing a little too much on boys and not enough on her school work.
“If I could go back to freshman year, I would have definitely tried harder because I didn’t have the most amazing grades. I would focus more on school because I was all about the boys freshman year,” she admits laughing. “You know, it was all like, ‘Oh he’s cute! I need to talk to him,’ but in reality it didn’t even matter because we were all freshman and we were ugly anyways,” she laughed.
Jordan Aceves (’18) added to Leana’s advice about boys. Her advice to the current freshman girls is to work hard and focus less on boys and relationships.
“No boy is worth your education. Don’t let a boy distract you from your schoolwork because you don’t need no man!” Jordan laughed.
Jordan also wants to let the freshman girls know that you should enjoy your first year of high school.
“You should actually enjoy freshman year and really take in the high school experience because it only gets harder. Especially experiencing junior year now, I realize I had it a lot easier freshman year,” Jordan revealed.
Lexi also advises that you shouldn’t care too much about other people’s opinions of you. Just do you, girl!
“Don’t really care about what other people think of you because you are just going to regret that later on,” Lexi said.
Leana adds her last piece of advice to the frosh girls by also advising them to really enjoy their year.
“Enjoy your year because it goes by really fast! High school in general goes by so fast,” she reflected. “Just do what you want! Don’t let other people control you! Do what you like to do and not what society wants you to do.”
Emily’s last piece of advice to the girls is not to give into society’s standards and know that every single one of you is unique.
“To all the current freshman girls: You are beautiful! Don’t beat yourself up because you don’t look the same as someone else,” Emily encouraged.
“Everyone is growing at their own pace and if you haven’t gotten the ‘glo-up’ yet, I promise, it’s coming. Spread love and keep your heads up. This is the beginning of a ride you will remember for the rest of your life; make it count!”
We know that freshman year is difficult. Everyone is growing up and trying to figure out who they are. Even if seems like everyone around you has everything all figured out, trust me, they don’t. Don’t rush your freshman year. It’s the beginning to a new chapter in your life! Listen to these junior and senior girls because they know exactly how you feel. We’ve all been there. Get involved, make friends, focus on your studies, and don’t sweat the small stuff! Enjoy your first year of high school. It goes by quickly!