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How to Survive Marian 101: Advice from Seniors to Freshmen

Kelly Cronin, Crown Writer & Photographer

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It’s a new school year, which means new inexperienced freshmen anxiously await to see what unfolds as they begin their journey at Marian Central. It is the duty of upperclassmen to guide freshmen as they learn the ropes. Most high school students can agree that receiving advice from someone more experienced than you could never hurt. As seniors dive into their final year, it’s safe to say they have a clear idea of what Marian is all about, including advice that stems from real life experience, tips and tricks, and everything else freshmen need to know.

One of biggest concerns of a newbie in high school pertains to making friends and making lasting first impressions. As Kara  Zubo (12) states, “I know this sounds really basic, but joining clubs really is a good way to talk to people you normally wouldn’t.” Stepping out of your comfort zone is very important. Also,  going the extra mile to be a generally nice person such as saying “Hi” to someone in the hallway will pay off. This can also be a way to make a good first impression on teachers. “Tell teachers to have a nice day, treat them with respect, because they are people too,” Chris St. Leger (12)  mentions. By being an overall good student, seeing the teacher after school, and displaying a respectful attitude are all ways to stand out in the classroom.

A struggle for any high school student is staying focused and motivated. St. Leger (12) says, “It’s a good idea to keep well-rounded students around you.” The people you surround yourself with do have an immense effect on you, especially when it comes to grades and work ethic. Zubo (12) believes, “Setting short-term goals for yourself is the way to go.  Keep in mind, the reason you’re putting in all the work now is so you can go to college, get scholarships, etc.” The tricky part is balancing school work while also maintaining a social life: which are two critical aspects of high school. Time management is imperative in terms of juggling academics, sports, extracurriculars, friends, work, etc. A good rule of thumb is to get homework and studying done before anything else if it’s possible. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed but that’s why teachers stay after school to help and some even offer extensions on homework with permission. A good point to take into consideration is “It’s easier to let your G.P.A. drop, then it is to get it back up.” as Zubo (12) expresses. At the end of the day, putting in effort into the work you do will pay off much more than watching a movie on Netflix.

One thing a lot of people don’t realize is how fast high school actually goes by. As a freshman, four years may seem like a long time, but as Madison Dahm (12)  says, “It goes by way quicker than you think, one second you’re a freshman nervous about your first day of high school and then you blink and you’re about to start your last first day of senior year.” Enjoying moments that can’t be taken back is crucial. Many freshmen start high school taking honors classes. This can bring on a lot of panic and or worry.  “Taking difficult classes as a freshman at Marian can seem intimidating, but if you always turn your work in on time and ask questions when you need help, you’ll be a lot closer to an ‘A’ than if you didn’t,” says Dahm (12). Other students, teachers, and the internet are exceptional tools to take advantage of to prepare yourself for the adventure of high school. Being a self-sufficient student is the key to overcoming the battles of challenging classes.

Overall, high school is a loopy roller coaster filled with unexpected twists and turns. The main targets of starting high school are doing well academically, making friends and becoming involved in the school. Being resourceful and smart in approaching workload is important. What matters the most is making the best of these four short years. High school is a one-time thing, and this is the place where millions of memories will be made. There will be ups and downs but the way these circumstances are handled determines how well you will succeed in the quick four years of high school.

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Kelly Cronin, Crown Writer & Photographer

My name is Kelly Cronin. I am going into my junior year. In my last two years at Marian, I have taken part in student council as recording secretary, girls...

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