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Tips for Starting High School

February 5, 2021

8th grade is the pinnacle of middle school. You face the transition into high school and you should be prepared to ascend forward. But even if you feel ready, what about all the unanswered questions in the back of your head? Well, luckily you go to AGS, and here we strive to guide and help our fellow classmates! 


The transition from middle school to high school.

           The transition between middle to high school may seem difficult at first, but eventually it will become easier.  Unlike many schools, AGS makes the change as smooth as possible. All the teachers are there to support each student, because they recognize that everyone’s path is individual to them. And, if you have any questions, other AGS upper schoolers are there to support you. Remember, if you’re really having a hard time adjusting, leaning into your community can do wonders to make you feel more confident in the new environment. 


The workload, expectations.

Workload does indeed change, but in a healthy and manageable way. It increases in amount and complexity, but it’s nothing that can’t be handled. Teachers will thoroughly prepare you before giving you assigned work and they are always open to negotiating on it if you bring up any concerns. I recommend creating a schedule for your work. Writing it down each week helps you know what needs to get done in a way that is carefully organized. If that seems boring to you, then having a bullet journal might help instead. Bullet journaling allows the space for a lot of creativity. I’ve even included a few pages I did from last year to give an example! My last resource is a website and app called Notion. It allows you to keep track of your classes, homework, and even chores to do on your computer! Managing your new workload is possible by mastering organization. 


After school activities like varsity sports and shows

There is never a lack of after school activities at AGS. There will be many opportunities to do sports, shows, and other pursuits! Don’t be afraid to go for gold in your freshman year. This is a time where you can explore your aspirations and find what you like. Whatever you decide to try there will be people who are new as well, experiencing it along with you, and people there to help out when you need a hand too. Even though it adds a little more work to your schedule, extracurricular activities will create long lasting memories you won’t forget.

Going into highschool might not be the same as it is in the movies but it’s still a wonderful and individualistic experience for everyone!  Trusting your community, learning to keep organized, and trying new things will make this time so much better and less stressful! How do you think you’ll handle high school?  

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