wikiHow to Prepare for Freshman Year

Are you ready to go to high school? Are you confused of what your reputation is going to be? These are the kinds of questions that can be answered with this guide to your future.


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    Go shopping for new clothes. This is the most difficult and important step. You’re going to a new school with new people, so you'll need style. Pick clothes that express who you are, but stay appropriate for school. If your school has a uniform, buy a really nice jacket that expresses your personality. If it has a uniform jacket, buy a personality-expressing backpack. If it has a uniform backpack, this guide can't help you. You can keep the same look you had in middle school or you can start a new look and start fresh.
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    Purchase textbooks. You will need textbooks for each of your subjects. If you get your textbooks when you start school, then exclude this step.
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    Buy school supplies. Get pencils, pens, highlighters, loose-leaf papers, folders and notebooks. For most classes, however, wait until your teacher gives you a supply list.
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    Get a map of your school if you can. Figure out where your classes are, routes to get there and landmarks along the way. Otherwise, you're going to get lost.
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    Go to the Orientation or Open House before school starts, if your high school has one. It gives you a chance to familiarize yourself with the school and make new friends along the way!
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    Plan a meetup with your friends so that you don't go in alone. If you are new to the whole area, don't be afraid. Just walk around and get to know where you are going so you look more busy than alone.


  • Make sure your friends are true to you and not fake.
  • Always talk to teachers because one day when you need them the most they'll be there.
  • Don't be afraid to ask a teacher or the upperclassmen for directions.
  • Decide what you want your reputation to be before you start high school because you don’t want to be known as a geek, loser or weirdo. Try to reinforce your reputation on the first day. But don't try to become someone you're not.

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