Starting High School

Starting grade nine is stressful. Luckily, there are some handy tips that can help you cope with your first few months. Soon enough, you'll have it figured out. Tips by: Bobby, Kraig, Nate, Jenn, Leanne, Amanda, Katie, Siobhan, Steven, Mwanaisha, Corey, Sam, Leigh and Tara.

  • Join a club or team, because participating is the best way to make friends. You could act in the play, or be on the crew.

  • Don't do something that would break your mother's heart. You can do it. It’s only four years.

  • Don't get too worked up over popularity and social cliques. Your grades are more important.

  • Be patient and try to remember that your parents and teachers have been through what you're going through.

  • Keep up with your homework so you don't get behind. It's hard to catch up once you're behind.

  • Stick with the people who like you for who you are, not what they want you to become.

  • Always tell your parents where you are going. They only wonder because they love you.

  • Plan ahead for your assignments so that you have time to finish them when it gets busy.

  • Stand up for what you believe in, even if it means standing alone. Be a leader, not a follower.

  • Don't be afraid to ask for help. Being vulnerable doesn't make you weak, in fact it makes you stronger.

  • Remember everyone is scared, even if it seems like some people aren't. We all feel like we don't fit in sometimes.

  • Get to know the guidance counselor or social worker in your school. Both of these people can help a lot.

  • Don't be afraid to speak out, but when you do, speak without offending and listen without defending!

  • Talk to people. Try to get to know everyone. Make meaningful connections.

  • People will call you a freshie - get used to it. You'll be confused a lot when others know what’s going on. Ask questions.

  • Wait until grade 10, because the crappiness of being at the bottom is only for one year. It gets better.

  • Don't sit at the very back of the bus the first day. Talk to people and try to make friends.

  • Always be true to yourself, no matter what people say because in the end, it's your life you're living it.

  • Learn as much as you can now, it may not come as easy later on in life.

  • Don't worry about what other people think, people aren’t as mean as we think they are

  • Always go to class and hand in your work. Even if it's not done, it's better than a zero.

  • Don't be so hard on yourself. As long as you're trying, it counts!

  • Try to accept yourself for who you are. Respect yourself and surround yourself with good people.

  • It's normal to feel like a stranger. It will get easier and it might take a few months to fully feel like you belong.

  • Most of the seniors aren't mean, so they don't need to be feared. They're just kids like you.

  • Time management is key! Learn how to have fun and work hard and you'll do great!

  • Take everything in moderation (that goes for everything: partying, dances, school work...)!

  • Create good work habits early because it gets harder to change them as you get older.

  • Don't take this year for granted! Before long, you'll be bombarded with assignments, tests, essays. Enjoy your freedom.

  • Try to keep things in perspective, and realize that you are not alone. We've all been there.