|High School: Bigger, Faster, More
Some differences between middle school and high school are obvious right away, and some will pop up days or weeks down the road. Fortunately, you can prepare yourself for the bigger changes by knowing what to expect and having a plan to deal.
Different types of classes are often held in different parts of the school. For instance, there might be a science wing for the chemistry, physics, and biology labs. Because of this, your classes will probably be spread out all over the school, and you might have to step quickly to get to each period on time.
If your high school doesn't provide a map to help you navigate during your first weeks as a freshman, why not make your own? Be sure to include any special landmarks (such as your locker, the restroom, or an outdoor courtyard). Ask teachers and older students if they can suggest shortcuts, especially if find yourself constantly late for class.
In and out, back and forth
For instance, you may not have time to get back to your locker after every class, so you'll need to carry your textbooks and notebooks for several classes at once. In the first weeks of school, take some time to figure out a system that will help make sure you have what you need when you need it, but will also save you from carrying around eight books at a time! As soon as you get your class schedule, sit down with the map and work out routes between classes. How far do you have to go to get from English to math? Will you have time to go to your locker, or will you have to carry both sets of books? Knowing these things ahead of time will save you a lot of stress and worry.
More people, more noise, more crazy!
It's important to recognize that in a bigger, more crowded school, your belongings are more likely to get lost or stolen. Make sure your name is on all your books and notebooks, as well as your backpack. You may feel lost without your iPod or cell phone by your side, but the less you carry valuable things around with you (that's what lockers are for, or the concept of leaving something at home), the safer they'll be.
You've heard it before, but it really is true
Of course, you should always eat a good breakfast, too. Your brain will be fuzzy if you don't get the energy and nutrition you need, and you won't be able to focus on your classwork if you're thinking about your rumbling stomach.