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Transitioning from Middle School to High School

Starting high school is an exciting time in your life. It can also be scary and cause you to feel a lot of anxiety. This is normal! Whenever any of us to exposed to the unknown, we feel anxiety! There are many things about high school that will be different from middle school and if you know what to expect, you will make the transition easier.

First of all, most high schools are larger than middle schools. Most of the time the high school is fed by two or more middle schools. This means that you will not know at least half of the students in your new freshman class. GREAT! New friends! don’t worry because they will be just as nervous as you.

You will be navigating new hallways and classrooms and making your way through crowded hallways. You will also be meeting new teachers. These teachers will usually have higher academic standards than your middle school teachers, but don’t worry. They are there to help you succeed. You will be taking more responsibility for your studies and academic success but there is still a lot of help there. You will probably be more responsible for seeking out that help though.

While there will be more pressure on you for your academics, this comes at a time when there will be more pressure on you socially. More of your peers will be experimenting with alcohol, drugs and sex. More dating opportunities will present themselves. There will be lots of choices placed before you and you should decide now how you will respond to them. If you decide now how you are going to respond in certain situations, it will be much easier later. Seek out friends that have the same values and standards as you and they will help you make decisions and support you in your decisions.

This is one of the most exciting times in your life. You will find new independence in high school. With independence comes more responsibility. You will be expected to be more accountable for your time, academics and social decisions. But don’t worry! This is something that millions of high school freshmen have already survived–and you will too!

© 2013 Roger D. Chamberlain

Roger Chamberlain
Roger Chamberlain works for a university helping low income and under represented high school students prepare for and be successful in college.
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