A Student’s Guide to High School at AES


Samika Varma and Maya Anandan

Walking in lines, asking to use the bathroom, and sitting away from your friends: the standard rules for an elementary or middle school student. The comfort of knowing you are supported, both academically and physically, even when it isn't necessary. You bid farewell to this security as you prepare to be unleashed into the halls of high school where you can expect hours and hours of work, freedom, sports, and the liberty to do practically anything. Welcome to high school! To solve all your future problems, here are ten pieces of advice that will #saveyourlife.

#1: Always know where you’re going. If that means studying a map of the school, by all means, go ahead. Take it from us; you do not want to be the freshman who’s constantly getting lost, especially because being a high schooler means learning to be independent since you won’t have your friends to rely on.

#2: Recognize and respect your seniors - they are looking down on you and seeking your acknowledgement after four years of being in the same position as you. Trust me; you do not want to get on their bad side: it’s like being fresh meat in a field of lions. Don’t be a chunk of meat.

#3: Juggling sports and homework is extremely difficult, and takes commitment and time. In High School, sports are much more intense than you’ve ever experienced, seeing as hard work is driven by college more than true passion. Practices are three to four times a week, which means you are allocating an eighth of your week to playing sports and nothing more. Schoolwork should come first, so spending the rest of your time working extremely hard on school will be beneficial.

#4: Find a coping mechanism to tackle stress and anxiety… you will need it. Whether it be playing golf or binge-watching Netflix shows, whatever makes you happy and distracts you from neverending high-school pressure. Napping is probably the most effective, seeing as you will most likely transform into a sleep-deprived sloth.

#5: Don’t spend so much time worrying about what other people think because they probably aren’t thinking about you at all. A high schooler is so worried about the summative they have coming up 5th period that you are probably the last thing they would ever expend their brain-juice on (don’t take it personally). Instead of worrying, find something positive to think about. Think about lunch. Think about the marvellous tray of food waiting for you, enriched with lasagna and chopped cucumbers and carrots! Think about a class that makes you happy. A class that you enjoy.

#6: Remember that your teachers are your friends, not your enemies. They only want what is best and most beneficial for you, so be kind to them! Respect them the way you respect your parents because their role at school is to educate, supervise, and take care of you: similar to the way your parents do, but on an educational level. Bonding with your teachers will make you feel more comfortable in their classes, which will make you a better student because you will be able to interact with them more without feeling nervous or scared.

#7: Don’t hesitate when it comes to making new friends. It may seem like a bizarre concept to go up to a new student or stranger and start a conversation, but it truly is the best way to start a friendship. Your years in high school will consist of exams, studying, and fluctuating friendships. The possibilities of your friend group changing over the course of four years are extremely high, so the ability to make new friends will be very useful. Besides, there will always be other students eager to get to know you!

#8: Manage your time wisely; make a to-do list, fill up your calendar, and get things done - maybe even throw in a little bucket list of things you want to accomplish in your high school years to spice things up! For example, making a new friend! Or having a boyfriend in your junior year! I know it may seem like the easiest option to procrastinate your work to the very last minute, but it will only cause more harm to yourself and your grades. The biggest dilemma most students face is probably between checking their phone or finishing that assignment that is due the next day. Of course, it is important to contact your friends, watch Netflix, and pursue hobbies during your free time, but don’t let that interfere with your potential to do great things and accomplish the impossible (AKA homework).

#9: Push yourself to try new things, not just within your learning, but within sports and clubs! If you see a poster for the swim team, but you have no idea how to swim…go to the first practice! There is no harm in trying it out; remember no one is judging you, nor are they looking to. Who knows, maybe you’ll be the next Michael Phelps!

#10: Self-appreciation is key, especially since we live in a world where body image, insecurities, and self-doubt are prominent. If you are constantly comparing yourself to others, your self-esteem is promised to fade away. Don’t forget, the most attractive feature in a person is their confidence. Whoever you are, wherever you come from, or whoever you love, you are appreciated, but don’t forget to love and appreciate yourself first!

Well - there you have it! Your number one guide to being a high school student. We’ve stated the most important issues and queries people have from our experiences, and we’d remind you of these issues over and over again. Welcome to highschool in AES: a phenomenal experience if you keep a positive mindset.