4 Things I Wish I Had Known Freshman Year of High School

During my freshman year of high school, I wasn’t too concerned with future plans like college. However, I didn’t realize how fast time would fly by.

Upon graduation, there were a lot of things I wish I would have known as a freshman that could have better prepared me for college.

GPA matters

I know, high school isn’t always fun and games. A lot of the classes you take during these four years are ones you have little to no interest in (not to worry, college will allow you to choose the majority of your classes).

However, this doesn’t mean you should slack off or have an “I’ll just study for the next exam,” attitude. YOUR GRADE-POINT-AVERAGE MATTERS.

This number can easily determine whether you are accepted to or denied from a particular university.

Unfortunately, I slacked off my first two years of high school and then thought I could drastically raise my GPA if I did better my last two years. This, however, is not the case. You must maintain a high GPA in order to end with a high GPA.

Professors don’t care

When I say professors don’t care, I don’t mean you can slack off, not show up to class and still get an A. It means you are responsible for your own success.

In college, most professors don’t keep track of attendance, which means you can go to class whenever you want. However, I highly advise that you go to class on a regular basis. It is very easy to fall behind otherwise.

You can help better prepare yourself now by completing assignments on your own and not skipping class.

Clubs are cool

Not only are universities looking at your grades on your college application, they are also looking at your extracurricular involvement during high school. Volunteer work, academic-related clubs and leadership roles are all great things to add to your application.

Don’t get caught up in the stereotypes of certain clubs in high school, they are only there to help you!

It’s okay to be different

The pressure to fit in during high school can be tough for many students. However, you will soon realize that being the same as everyone isn’t ‘the cool thing’.

Upon entering college, I noticed that everyone was significantly different from one another. This is your time to stand out from everyone else and truly shine.

The clothes you wear and the things you do are not what make you ‘cool’; what’s cool is being unique.

Keep this in mind when you’re applying for jobs in the future. Who wants to hire someone who has a resume almost identical to everyone else? You must find what makes you different.

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Jane Marie Trombly

Jane Marie Trombly

Jane Trombly is a junior at Central Michigan University pursuing a degree in apparel merchandising with a minor in journalism. She has also participated in a study abroad program at the University of East London. At school, Jane is an active member of the Greek community, and CMU’s fashion association. In her spare time, Jane enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and writing for her very own fashion blog.
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