Although it has already been over a month into the school year, freshmen are still learning about the hustle and bustle of Westhill High School. Believe it or not, it is completely ok to feel like you’re still learning what it means to be a Viking. Despite your feelings of confidence or uncertainty, there are still some tips and tricks which will help make your freshmen year an easier transition.
The first major piece of advice is to avoid slacking off. “Something I wish I knew as a freshman is to not give up and keep your focus.” Said senior Valeska Florez. Lots of freshman have the idea that freshman year doesn’t count towards your GPA because it is the first and least important year. In reality, your academic performance freshman year shapes how you will do for the rest of your high school carrier.
Second, make sure you don’t procrastinate. Time management is key in the life of a busy high schooler, and if you can master it during freshman year, you will be better off in the long run. The best way to practice this is by starting homework and assignments in advance and not waiting until the last minute. “I wish I knew how much work we would be given as freshmen; I wish I was more prepared.” Said junior Chelsea Cappello. Having good time management definitely makes a difference if you are feeling this way.
It is imperative to get involved as a freshman at Westhill. Whether it be joining a club or playing a sport, it is the best way to make new friends and meet new people. If you think there isn’t a club meant for you, you’re probably mistaking. Westhill offers numerous clubs such as: Interact, Chamber Singers, Yearbook, JROTC, Mock Trial, and many more! As freshman it is important to attend school events, that way you feel like a part of the Westhill community.
Going to football and basketball games dressing from head to toe in purple and gold, and cheering with the Purple Pack is an exhilarating way to do this. Also, attending school dances, such as Homecoming, is a memorable thing to do with friends.
Even though Westhill is a big school, never be afraid to ask for help. Whether it is for an academic reason, or simply needing someone to talk to, the school has plenty of resources such as teachers, guidance counselors, social workers, media center specialists, nurses, and tutors. The last tip would be to never forget about yourself! Junior Alyssa Goldberg said, “freshman year was really fun; it went by pretty fast so enjoy it while it lasts!”