Congratulations! You're almost finished with middle school and you're heading to high school. With high school comes prom, homecoming and lots of things to look forward to. But those aren't the only differences you'll encounter. Making sure you know what to expect is a great way to prepare for all the changes you'll face next year.
- More classes and choices. High school offers a wide range of classes and electives. Find out what you have to take your freshman year and what you can take for an elective. If you love art or music, you'll be able to take those as classes in high school.
- Different expectations. Your teachers will expect more from you and assign bigger projects like term papers and science lab reports. Your grades are a bigger deal now too! Colleges will look at your entire high school transcript, so what you do now can affect what you want to do and what you are able to do later.
- More after school activities. More than likely, your high school offers a ton of things to do after the school day is done. You can join the yearbook staff, the school newspaper, a musical group, or a sports team.
- Friendships will change. When you go to high school, you and your old friends may notice changes in your relationships. You may stay close to some of them and find that you don't have that much in common anymore with others. That's OK. High school is a great time to meet new people and make new friends.
- Time management. Make yourself a schedule. Between the new club you want to join and your difficult classes, you'll need to manage your time carefully. Set a schedule with time built in for studying and homework.
- Exposure to peer pressure. High school can be a time when you feel pressured to try things that other kids are doing like smoking or drinking. Before you get caught up in any of that, find someone you trust to talk to — maybe a counselor at school, a coach, a parent or another adult in your life.
If you already know what high school you'll attend, check it out before you go. Maybe they offer a day for orientation or tours, or maybe your parent can schedule a time for you to visit. If not, make it a point to go to an event there — like a football game or an assembly.
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