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Girl to Girl Talk: 10 Tips for Transitioning from Middle School to High School

Every week, I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and counsel. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian life and walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions.

For all you middle-schoolers out there, I wanted to write a helpful article that can advise you on the transition from middle school to high school. For some, it can be an intimidating year becoming a freshman at a big new school. Here are 10 tips to help you.

1. Get familiar with your classrooms in advance. Go on a tour with your parents or your friends and search for your classes before school starts. Get there early to be able to locate and navigate your way, since it is a new school.

2. Stay organized. Make sure you properly plan out and purchase your supplies in a timely manner. The more organized you are, the better start you will have in school. I love buying all the school supplies such as folders, notebooks, pens and planners/calendars before the school year starts—always the fun part, in my opinion! Remember: You will most likely have more classes with more homework, so this will be key in being a good student.

3. Do your work on time. Try to avoid procrastination, as high school really does prepare you for college. With multitasking on other courses, you don’t want to fall behind or have to do an all-nighter working on projects or try to scramble at the last minute. It may not seem like a big deal to do well in high school, but it equips you for your future! The habits you have now will most likely carry on throughout your life, so initiate and continue with good ones, amen?

4. Have a meeting spot with friends. Before school starts, hopefully you will have other good friends transitioning, too, so it feels less lonely or intimidating. Knowing your good girlfriends are there helps you feel like you can relate and go to someone with all the big changes happening in your life. Make sure to talk to your friends about a potential meeting spot during nutrition or lunch break. That way, when the bell rings and everyone is dismissed, you won’t feel lost in a big crowd of new people!

5. Get involved in extracurricular activities. Getting involved in clubs, sports, dance, cheerleading and other activities like ASB is a great way to get to know people and make new friends! Also, having other activities outside of class really helps shape you to be a better person, whether it is in athletics or helping your student body. I was highly involved in theatre and Christian Club. I was even president of Christian Club in my senior year. This is a wonderful way to show leadership and to build skills and talents in your life. It will carry you through to college, and even after you graduate. At first, you may be shy or not want to, but you will see the value and will cherish those memories later in life!

6. Have questions? Meet a counselor. If you are feeling lost or overwhelmed once school is back in session, feel free to walk into the counseling office at school. That is why there are teachers and volunteers helping students. If you feel frustrated, or even nervous about your schedule, call and make an appointment or ask a girlfriend to walk in with you to share your concerns.

7. Change in friends. Just to warn you, sometimes friendships can change when you transition into a new school. People are growing, and sometimes can even move or go to other high schools. You will start to notice that maybe there are some people you were really close with in middle school who you don’t really share much in common with anymore. This can be bittersweet because as some of your old friends change and do other activities or move away, you will also make new friends and be doing new things, too. This doesn’t mean all your friends will change, but be prepared and aware that this is normal.

8. Prayer. Make sure to cover yourself in prayer. Ask your mom or dad or youth pastor to lift you up in this season of your life where everything is shifting and you are becoming more of a young adult than a teenager. You will be facing amazing things and also challenging times, so it is always good to give it to Jesus.

9. Ask older siblings about their experience. It is always good to seek out wisdom and counsel from those who are wiser and more experienced than you. Remember, everyone has those feelings of uncertainty and excitement! Be ready to enjoy high school, and feel free to ask any questions of your older bro or sis, or even your good friends’ siblings! I’m sure they would love to help you and share their high school memories!

10. Be a leader, not a follower. In high school, the peer pressure is cranked up, and you may notice people in school who aren’t walking with God can often change or do things you wouldn’t recommend others doing. It is easy to get sucked into the tide pool of following what’s “cool” or “popular,” but remember to keep your integrity and don’t think of the “now” or the temporary, which quickly passes away, but think about the long term in your life and your bright future! What kind of person do you want to become? The choices you make now will highly dictate who you become later, so I pray that you will wisely choose who you hang around with, and also pray for those who don’t want to be a leader but follow the crowds.

 

PI Girls, did any of this advice help you? What is your favorite point? Older girls, do you have advice?

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12 Comments

  1. sha566

    Posted by sha566 on August 12, 2014 at 22:03

    High school may seem scary, but it really isn’t. When I first went into high school I was so nervous and once I did, I knew I had no reason to be nervous at all.

  2. emma_rose327

    Posted by emma_rose327 on August 12, 2014 at 18:57

    Yay for class of 2018! *virtual high five* Thanks for this 🙂

  3. Guarded by Angels

    Posted by Guarded by Angels on August 2, 2014 at 10:48

    Also if you know what you want to be when you grow up, talk to a college advisor. They can
    help you figure out what classes are good to take for the major you want.

  4. Liz470

    Posted by Liz470 on July 31, 2014 at 07:40

    Thank You So Much Class Of 2018 Rocks <3!!!!!!

  5. USGIRL95

    Posted by USGIRL95 on July 29, 2014 at 22:04

    I”m homeschooled!! I never went to a Middle School building to attend school I w”d been undereastimed my intluncess w”d not been given the opentery”‘ I “d been in a horrible Speical education program I experienced the Middle age”” through homeschooling! Physically in High School I “d learning problems I wasn”t movated my advise for you girls avoid and learn from my mistakes I regret them every year now yes I really regret now most of friends in my peer group from the homeschool group “Ve graduated 2-3 y.r.s. Now off to College

  6. kath660

    Posted by kath660 on July 29, 2014 at 19:47

    One I’d like to add – do. Not. Lose. Your. Sleep. Focus is too important to become sleep deprived. I made that mistake and my grades as well as my study skills paid dearly. Please don’t lose more than 2 hours on any given night. Also try to make it up by taking naps if necessary.
    That being said, this is also excellent advice. 🙂

  7. freedomlights

    Posted by freedomlights on July 29, 2014 at 13:44

    I’ll be a high school senior this fall, and these are definitely great tips. As others have been saying, though, with tip ten, not everyone is a natural-born leader in the sense of school activities and the like. Of course not everyone will be on student council or captain of a sports team or leading the student body in big ways—and that’s totally okay. I think what she meant was to be a “leader” in how you live your life. Show Christ’s light through your words and actions, and lead spiritually by how you conduct yourself.

    Another tip, though, is to not get TOO stressed about school. Yes, earning good grades is important, and you should always try your best in academics. But if you get a few bad grades—or even a lot—it’s not the end of the world. One failed test or a low grade in a class isn’t going to slam every college’s door in your face. In the long-run, it won’t matter that much. So just do your best, but don’t stress out too much. (:

  8. Emilyitude

    Posted by Emilyitude on July 28, 2014 at 19:36

    Tip 11. If necessary, use your backpack as a weapon.

  9. hobbithobbithobbit52891

    Posted by hobbithobbithobbit52891 on July 28, 2014 at 16:29

    “be a leader, not a follower.”
    i find it so funny everyone thinks leaders are so amazing. but where would the world be if we were all leaders and no followers?

    ignore me. please. i’m just a small voice that doesn’t matter.

    • Emilyitude

      Posted by Emilyitude on July 28, 2014 at 19:35

      Yeah, the tip should say: “If you’re going to be a follower, follow somebody who knows what they’re doing” or something like that…… haha…..

  10. Lovely Mistakes

    Posted by Lovely Mistakes on July 28, 2014 at 09:36

    Im a junior in high school and all of these are great tips for high school. Also don’t get too stressed over the big work! Sure it might seem over whelming at first but just spread it out in intervals and you’ll do great. Good luck to all the incoming freshman:)