Transitioning to High School - Stand UP Foundation

Transitioning to High School

Dear Sailor,

I am getting ready for high school and am terrified about the new transition. New friends, boys, after school commitments and of course academics. What advice can you give you me to help calm my nerves? Any suggestions on how to make new friends, join/find the right clubs/after school activities and balance everything with my academics? Is it true my grades will count for college? I am so nervous...

Take a deep breathe and break it down into smaller parts because it can be overwhelming if you look at the whole picture. First, be assured that you will make friends and some of them will turn into your life long friends. Just let it come naturally and your not alone! Everyone is in the same boat and trying to make new friends. Look for people with common interests. I would suggest to take classes that challenge you but not overwhelm you. You also want to have fun in high school. Also, after school activity coordinators are very understanding with the amount of courseload highschoolers have. Yes, grades are very important for college but universities are looking for kids that are well rounded in all aspects and extend beyond just academics. They also look at trends over all 4 years of high school. So don't stress out if your first semester grades aren't as high as you want them to be. You always have time to improve your grades. Just be yourself, be genuine, and surround yourself with people who lift you up and you'll do great!

Sincerely Yours, 


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