Most kids heading off to the first day of school are nervous, but many high school students are extra nervous. It’s that time in their life when they are unsure of everything. This will be divided into two parts. The first will talk about going to a new school and the work load one can expect in high school.
Some kids heading off to high school don’t know many of their fellow classmates because they come from so many different middle schools. This causes some stress as everyone starts to wonder if they will ever find friends. A lot of schools have orientations before school starts or at the beginning of the year. This is a great opportunity to chat with some other kids who also look as if they are scared stiff about this new situation. You may have to put yourself (or you kids) out there, but it’s worth it in the end. The kids who show up for orientation are just a s nervous and scared as everyone else. It’s an easy conversation topic to help get the ball rolling. All you have to do is ask if they are freaked out or nervous, too. You could also ask about their schedule or what middle school they went to. All of a sudden you are in the middle of a conversation that may lead to more conversations down the road.
Another thing that kids worry about is the amount of work that will be expected in high school as opposed to middle school. While it’s true that the work load increases, it also builds on what you’ve learned in middle school so it can be more interesting as you get to go further in depth with certain subjects. I would suggest trying to stay on top of the academics. It is hard to get caught up once you get behind. If you feel things are getting tough there are usually a lot of resources available. Try to remember that a lot a people use these resources and that you would definitely not be the only one to do so! There are school counselors, after school tutors, and study buddies set up in a lot of schools today. And don’t forget the first line of defense if a class is getting pretty tough – the teacher! They are usually more than willing to help any student who seeks extra help.