Columnist provides advice for incoming freshmen

By Blake Dykes
Coming into freshman year I was very nervous and did not know what to expect. That is typical, starting at a new school with new teachers and new friends. Now that freshman year is almost over, I realize I have matured a lot throughout this year. The most significant ways that I have learned are from my mistakes.

These mistakes and other things that I have learned throughout the year has provided me a sense of direction.

1. Don’t get serious too fast. Relationships grow as people get older, but it is important to remember you still have your whole life ahead of you. High school is a time to date and figure out what you are looking for in a boy or girlfriend.

2. Don’t do anything you don’t want to. I hear about stories all of the time, about teenagers going out and partying and getting busted or even injured. Stay loyal to your values and avoid the situations where you may get pressured to do something  you do not want to. People will learn to respect you for this quality.

3. Try new activities. I was not supposed to be in journalism this year. I had a schedule issue and accidently got put into the class. Since I was already in the class I decided to try it out and see how I liked it, because it would have been difficult to change my entire schedule for one class. Now I love journalism and am continuing on with it next year. The point is, I would not have considered  journalism, and now it is the period  I look forward to every day.

4. Don’t block the hallways. If anything makes me mad, it is when people crowd around in the halls. If you want to have a conversation with someone, go to the side by the lockers. People are trying to get to classes and it is hard enough without the extra people standing in the middle of the hall.

5. Be nice to everyone. I know it sounds cliche, but you never know when you are  going to have to interact with someone, whether it be in a sport, project, club, or even a class you have with them. Besides, everyone likes to be liked. By treating other people with respect you will gain their trust and friendship.

I have made mistakes as I am sure the incoming freshmen will; these are just a couple things I have managed to take away from this year.

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