By: Logan Moore
Advice to Freshman
You finally made it! You’re in the big, scary halls of Ripley High School now, and whether you like it or not, you’re here for just four more years. By now, you’ve probably figured out where most of your classes are, and you probably assume you know everything you need. This could be correct, but a few helpful tips from a senior can’t hurt.
1. When venturing through the halls between classes, the rules of driving apply. You, of course, don’t drive yet, so migrating through the halls is good practice for the future. Stay on the right side of the hallway at all times, and make sure the path is clear before turning into a class. Disrupting the hall traffic is a punishable offense. Just kidding, but please pay attention in the halls.
2. In regards to number one, remember that everyone around you is trying to get to class. Stopping in the middle of the hallway to mingle with your chums could result in someone behind you being late. Be considerate of those from all buildings, as some need to run to class, and some can take a school detour and still be there on time.
3. Do not even think about going through the Senior Doors. As an underclassman, I waited to go through them out of respect for each senior class. We expect you to do the same. It would be better if you didn’t even think about them, to stop that urge you may have. It’s the same thing with Senior Benches; just walk away.
4. Although you may be a few years away from this, parking in the senior spots is also a big no. It’s not like you won’t ever have these privileges; just not while there’s another senior class present. Please respect us, and we might not make you limbo through the hallways.
5. More important than other students are the teachers and other staff. Listen to them and do what they say. It will make your experience here much better. This doesn’t mean disrespect your peers either. Just keep respect in mind, and treat others how you would want to be treated.
6. Find a group of friends that will encourage you. This school is very diverse, and I’m sure you’ll find at least one encouraging friend in each group. If you hang around people that are negative about everything, chances are you’re not going to be Mr. or Ms. Positive.
7. Pay attention in class and do your absolute best. I know, you probably hear this from everyone. They are right, though. School is very important, and helps define what you will be when you’re an adult. Senior year seems so foreign to you now, and like it’s so far away, but the end is much closer than you think. Keep your grades up, and study for those big tests. I cannot stress enough how important it is to not slack off.
8. Get help with what you’re having trouble on. Personally, I have a lot of trouble in math. Something about a bunch of numbers scattered around with a bunch of letters, symbols, and imaginary things, doesn’t click. It took me awhile to realize it, but tutoring after school or during lunch can save you from the horrible downfall in the subject that you don’t understand.
School is only going to be as good as you make it to be. If you tell yourself that you hate school and can’t stand the fact that you’re learning valuable information you will use throughout your life, your time here won’t be good. If you knock off that negative attitude and bring in a positive one, time will fly and this will be the best experience of your life. Focus in class, but don’t let yourself get too stressed out. Relax, have fun, and make sure to do everything you want to. Before you know it, you’ll be gone and in college, and you’ll wonder why you didn’t do this sport, took that class, or did whatever thing. Take it all one step at a time, and be positive, and you will love high school.