The Freshman Year Survival Guide

The Freshman Year Survival Guide

Welcome Class of 2016!

Caroline Cafasso

If you are an incoming freshman and claim that you are not nervous about your first year at FHS, then chances are, you probably are not entirely telling the truth. To put it simply, starting high school is scary. But, before you know it, it will seem as if you’ve been high school for years, not just a few months. To make that transition as smooth as possible, just read the following tips.

Manage your Time

  • Sometimes, you are assigned a project or essay that must be completed in only a few days. Never, ever leave anything to the last minute. Balance your workload by prioritizing: put more important things such as these short-term projects and essays first.
  • FHS gives you opportunities that help you to deal with your work load. You are given periods called “directed study,” which are free periods that you can do any school work in. Do not choose this time to chat with friends; use it to your advantage. Also, whatever classes you have fourth and fifth period, you do not have the following day. The schedule for high school itself gives you benefits for time management that cannot be taken for granted.


  • Franklin High is a melting pot. You have students from all three middle schools, the Charter school, and even new students. It may seem easiest to only stick to the friends you had from your middle school. But, by doing this, you could miss out on dozens of new friendships. Everyone is just as nervous as you are, so make the first move.
  • What’s one way to initiate these friendships other than your classes? Get involved. Go to sports games, like the Friday night football games. Attend school dances, such as the homecoming dance. Join clubs, try out for sports, and participate in all the activities that FHS has to offer. One thing that never goes out of style is school spirit. Panther Pride!


  • It’s safe to say that for most of us, middle school was, academically, a breeze. Freshmen often don’t realize that now that they are in high school, real effort has to be put into their work. Always try your best. It is a good habit to get into. By the time you are a junior, you will be used to working hard.
  • Students entering high school are not used to having to study for pretty significant periods of time for quizzes and tests. So if you’ve never studied before, then start now. The word “studying” can be confusing for some people, for when told to “study,” they may not even know what to do. Have your parents quiz you, create flashcards, re-write your notes, do practice problems, make/use a study guide, and even ask your teacher what specific topics to focus on when studying. Find what works for you.

The most important thing to remember is that you can do it. You will make new friends, you will not fail every class, you will not get taunted by upperclassmen, you will find a seat at lunch, you will find your way around the school, and you will have fun. All the fears you may have are natural, but also will probably not come true. Although you may make some mistakes in the beginning, so does everyone. It is all part of the process. In high school, you are independent, and finally treated like an adult, unlike in middle school. And while that may be scary, you will grow to love it, just like you will grow to love FHS, your new home for the next four years.

Don’t forget to check Pantherbook frequently during this school year for updates on school activities, FHS sports, and all kinds of news, photos, and videos.