Heading to high school can seem intimidating after spending years at the junior level. Follow our advice for making the transition as smooth as possible.
Are you (or your teenager) making the leap to high school this "back to school" season? Are you wondering what high school is going to be like?
From the new subjects you'll be studying to the new students you'll be meeting, the move from middle school to high school is a big one for a young teenager. But don't worry – it's completely ordinary to feel anxiety or nervous about peer pressure, unknown teachers, and cafeteria food.
With a little knowledge, a little help, and a little preparation, you can navigate the halls of your new high school with your head held high! Here are just a few ways that the transition to high school can be made easier for teenagers:
- Get involved in a school-organized (and supervised) sport, activity, or club. Not athletic? Try something creative, like yearbook, newspaper, or music. You will gain access to a group of potential friends who share at least one common interest, and you will be more likely to feel a sense of belonging in your new environment at high school.
- Give back. One of the best ways to make use of your time in high school is to join a service organization that spends time volunteering to help others. From running concession stands at little league games, to organizing charity drives around the holidays, you will gain many valuable life skills while helping those in your community. Leadership and public service will stand out on a college resume.
- Follow our "quick list" of tips for a safe and successful school year. From developing a morning routine before school actually starts, to discussing a balance between school,/friends/family/extracurricular activities, there are easy, effective ways to help your teenager enjoy a happy, healthy "back to school" transition in high school!