By Nia Nelson, Junior
We’ve all heard the phrase “freshman, fresh meat”. Well here at iPrep, students shouldn’t be intimidated because everyone is friendly. Everyone has been a freshman in high school. Luckily, the school is small in population compared to traditional high schools.
So, this article welcomes our incoming freshman and sophomores to iPrep and gives you some advice from one of us who has experienced it.
There is plenty to do and plenty to learn, as J.J Watts once said: “What I remember most about high school are the memories I created with my friends.”
Academics and Classes
If you haven’t heard it before, your grade point average (GPA) matters from the moment you enter high school. You are forming the basis of your GPA, and what you do in 9th grade will follow you through the four years. Teachers either grade your work on a 4.00 grade scale or in percentages out of 100.
Of those students taking Advanced Placement classes, you are expected to meet the requirements. When selecting the class, it is said that unless you are able to handle the demanding and rigorous curriculum, don’t take the class. It is never too late to resort to honors, but it is encouraged if you are up for the challenge by all means be successful and prepare for those AP exams.
Everyone is required to take Florida Virtual School (FLVS) classes. As freshman you don’t have much of a choice. You are required to take two years of language and fitness lifestyle.
Your following years in high school you will have a greater choice on the FLVS the classes you will take.
Socializing With Your Peers
If you are not a social person don’t get used to it because iPrep has its ways of bringing out the best in people. To get more involved join school clubs. There will be different kinds of people in these clubs most likely with the same interests. Scroll through the Phoenix Flyer and read our Club Article, “Clubbing At iPrep” for more information.
Another benefit of joining clubs is how interesting they make your resume look. Skills such as time management, organization, leadership and etcetera are gained from joining clubs. Your resume will be a representation of the skills and experience that can help you in the future for example, getting a job or pursuing a career. The resume you will create will be essential when applying for jobs and colleges. It is important because it is a reference for people who don’t know what you are capable of and how can you benefit them.
Another thing to add is that the upperclassman, especially the juniors and seniors, have been in your shoes. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. They can tell you about the teachers and what they expect from you. By befriending the upperclassman you can also receive other help such as tutoring--if we aren’t busy. If you are ever in a predicament where you are struggling in a class, ask your upperclassman friends.
The memories you make here with your are going to be the most memorable things of high school. Participate in all activities we have coming up; they are to look forward to and more.
Do’s and Don’ts
Do try your best now because making up grades later as you become an upperclassman is difficult.
Don’t settle for an average grade.
Don’t miss assignments and do nothing about a Z in the gradebook. Establish a relationship with your teacher that way you can communicate. They will then have some understanding for why you are performing a certain way in that class.
“Oh procrastination” heaves in a sigh of relief. Procrastination is just another word for lazy. At iPrep, teachers aren’t pleased with students who don’t complete their assignments; I don’t think there is a teacher in general that is. Don’t get into a habit of putting things off until later. Trust me, you will make up for it in BAD grades if you don’t get things done. You may have an assignment due two weeks from now, and Mr. Sultz moves the due day up. What are you to do if you haven’t already begun working?