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Dear Dish-It: Starting High School

Dear Dish-It,

I’m about to go to high school and I don't really know what it’s like. Could you tell me how it’s different than primary school?

Question Girl

Dear QG,

Lots of kids going into high school for the first time (called freshmen) wonder what it’s like. Is there more homework? More stress? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Here are some tips to help you get a feel for what your time in high school could be like.

New School

Many of the nervous feelings associated with starting high school have to do with the fact that you’re like going to be going to a brand-new school in September! Whether lots of the kids you went to primary or middle school are going to be there as well or not, it can be intimidating thinking of all those new faces you’re going to see on your first day there (especially in the upper grades)! Luckily, many high schools offer an orientation for freshmen in the late summer, before school starts, where you can tour the school, find your locker and classrooms and get to know some of your new classmates ahead of time.

Heaps of Homework?

If you’re worried that high school is gonna be too hard for you or too stressful, just think: you’ve spent a good chunk of your life building up to this challenge, and I know you can handle it! Plus, if you ever need any help with any of your classes or projects, most high schools offer plenty of homework and study clubs that can help you get a handle on your studies.

Not only that, there’s plenty more to do at high school besides just homework! You can give yourself a well-deserved break from studying by joining after-school clubs or sports teams, playing an instrument in the school band or trying out for the school play! These are all great ways to meet new people and make new friends, too!

Have Your Say

Have you started High School?  Are you scared?  Do you have tips for other kids starting high school?  Comment below and let us know!

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"jordand08" wrote:Thank you.You're welcome. :)
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donteatcarrots
talk to the person you're closest too. yes, you said you don't get close with people, but there's probably one person who you speak to more often than others- talk to that person.
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donteatcarrots
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Don't worry too much- it's only your first relationship- but I'd sit down with him at one point, and discuss what makes you uncomfortable, eg; if you know what I mean...
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donteatcarrots posted in Friends:
Probably sound a little stereotypical, but the majority of boys don't really act like that... Ask him :p
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kittenkid
First: WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T KILL YOUSELF! When you get past this you'll be glad. Well, this is just my opinion, but I think you should first find someone, anyone, even if you don't trust them, if there're your parents talk to them about it. I bet a bunch of people have already told you this but there're right. Before you walk up to them, write down what you're going to say and then think of a few questions they might ask and write down the answers to them. Remember to tell them that it might take you a minute to think of an answer. Before you answer, think of the exact words you will say  before you say anything, and think in your mind about it. Think about wether it is a lie or not before you say it. If it gets out of you mouth before you realize it is a lie, don't be afraid to say so and just say the truth. Also, just try to find something you like to do that will take your mind off everything. If you really can't think of anything, try just practicing saying your feelings to yourself, or a pillow or something.  Hope this helps!
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