Senior Advice to Freshmen

Shaelyn Drost and Javier Sarache

The transition from middle school to high school can be intimidating for freshmen, especially with the introductions of increased independence, higher college awareness, and being the low man or woman on the social totem pole.

These drastic changes reflect academically as well; according to research published in the journal Education, ninth graders have the lowest grade point average, the most missed classes, the majority of failing grades, and more misbehavior referrals than any other high school grade level.

Some of this can be attributed to the social aspect of high school, one that keeps many freshmen from their studies. So how do you balance relationships, friendships, and drama without leaving grades and homework on the backburner?

To help you manage the stress that comes with entering high school, consider advice from a few of our own WHS seniors.

 “Make time for your assignments or it’ll catch up to you… Make lots of friends, but set both social and academic goals for yourself.”

– Sahar Barzroudipour


“It’s all about prioritizing. A lot of things are temporary in terms of friends, but the one constant is yourself. If you maintain a good relationship with yourself, your overall happiness will flourish, and you’ll be able to endure all the changes in your life. Be your own best friend.”

– Sophia Upshaw


“One bad grade won’t kill your chances of being successful. If you motivate yourself and try a little harder, you can bring yourself back up… Hang out with your friends. There’s no reason to always stress yourself out. Enjoy yourself.”

– Jack Tobin

With these perspectives in mind, it is important to find a balance between your academic and social life and to enjoy the time spent in each. Good luck this year!