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Dive into freshmen year!

Luke O’Donnell '20, Contributor

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Looking back, there are many things I wish knew heading into freshman year. I know I was scared to be starting school in a newer and larger environment.

Overall, I ended up having a great first year and enjoyed it, but there are a few things I wish someone had told me.

One of the things incoming freshman are most apprehensive about is how they will do academically. Although BC High has a challenging curriculum, there are many ways to help yourself succeed.

One of the biggest tips I can offer is to go and see your teachers for extra help. All of the teachers at BC High are available for extra help and they want to see you succeed.

Some kids may be nervous to see a teacher for help, but I can assure that it is well worth it. Most teachers have very flexible schedules and are available to see you before, after, or even during school. There will be times where you are learning a difficult subject and can’t wrap your head around the lesson.

Going in for help is an excellent way to better understand whatever you are struggling with. I would also recommend getting extra help as soon as you feel like you’re falling behind because things can quickly snowball out of control.

Another academic tip is taking smart notes. Teachers won’t tell you exactly what to write down and what not to, so it is important to discern what is relevant and what is not. Good notes are valuable for exams and tests and they also help you learn.

Another big fear of some freshman is how they will meet people and make friends. Some kids will not know many people going, but don’t worry, most kids are in the same position. The best way to make new friends is to get involved.

BC High has what seems like hundreds of clubs, sports, and other activities with which to get involved.

The school does a great job of providing after school activities early in the school year so kids can socialize and make friends.

Football games on Friday nights are a great way to meet new kids and show some school spirit. Each student is also assigned a Montserrat group, which consists of a few senior mentors and many fellow freshmen. These mentors have been here before and can help guide you through some of the struggles they also experienced.

There are many other ways to make new friends, like in classes, the cafeteria, or on your commute. Before you know it, you’ll have a regular group of friends.

One of the most challenging things in all of high school to master is time management. Using your time to your advantage is crucial to reaching success at BC High. First and foremost is setting aside the proper time and resources to get your work done on time.

I would recommend finishing your homework when you get home from school and not procrastinating. Sometimes it helps to do your homework in silence with no distractions, or to listen to music in the background. It is important to find the setting that works best for you.

Studying the right topics and the right amount is another useful skill to learn. Another tip is using your commute to get your work done or study, especially if you do a club or a sport.

Getting enough sleep is also a huge part of time management. At some point, it’s counterproductive to stay up too late studying and lose sleep.

It’s not always easy and it will take time to master these tips. If you can, freshman year will be a fun and exciting year.

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The Eyes and Ears of BC High.
Dive into freshmen year!