Mirador’s Freshman Survival Guide

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The freshman class of 2016 gathers for their first taste of Miramonte on Mat’s Day.

Sofia Marinac and Courtney Attard, Staff Writers

The transition to freshman year can be confusing, so let Mirador’s four S’s guide your way.

School:
Any of the restrooms are fine, but if you’d like to avoid the mysterious puddles, use the one next to the cafeteria.
Dress for PE. It’s one of the easiest A’s you can get, so don’t give it up just because you don’t feel like dressing.
Pick up your trash! Miramonte’s school color is green, let’s keep it that way.
Don’t be afraid to talk to your teachers—they like it when you participate.
Your locker is your friend. If you have to bring textbooks to school everyday, use it to help you stay organized. Plus, you’ll reduce the risk of having a turtle shell for a backpack.
Go to Miramonte sporting events. They’re exciting and a great way to show off your school pride and spirit.
Get to know your counselor. You’ll need her later.
Don’t walk slowly in the hallways. It causes traffic, and people get annoyed.
Clean out your backpack everyonce in awhile. Three month old sandwiches at the bottom of your bag can get pretty nasty.
Don’t keep valuable things in your backpack during PE. They can easily get stolen (both of our phones were stolen freshman year). Lock them up in your locker!
Freshman year is actually the easiest out of all four years, so enjoy it while it lasts.
Participate in spirit days.
Even if you have a teacher that you don’t really like, don’t let it get in the way of doing well in the class.
School Loop is very helpful. You can check your grades, look at due dates, and see what’s going on throughout the month in your classes.

Social:
Avoid drama.
Try stepping out of your comfort zone – meet and talk to new people!
Haters gonna hate. If people try to bring you down, don’t let them. Kill them with self confidence and bury them with a smile.
Be nice to people and take the time to chat with your classmates.
Dating in high school is a little different than dating in middle school. It’s more serious, so don’t start dating someone that you don’t really know that well. Those relationships will last about a week and will most likely just be a texting relationship.
Respect others and give everyone a chance.
Don’t change who you are for other people.
Try to befriend people older than you. It expands your social pool and you can get to know different kinds of people.
Get involved in sports and clubs that you’re interested in. It’s a way to meet new people, create great friendships and have a fun year!

Self:
If you’re sick, stay at home. Seriously. We don’t need the Miramonte Cold to strike again.
Confidence is key! Everyone loves an outgoing character.
Learn to balance your school and social life.
Get involved with community service and charity work. Not only will it look good for college applications, but helping others is a great thing to do.
Stay organized and use your agenda.
Hygiene is pretty important. You don’t want to be the person that smells bad.
Don’t give in to peer pressure.

Studies:
Don’t procrastinate.
While studying, avoid letting your phone, Twitter, or Facebook distract you.
If you have to read something, avoid lying down because it may make you sleepy.
Don’t throw away your notes or flashcards when you’re done with them. You’ll need  them!
Don’t wait until the night before to study for a test.
Acronyms can be funny and memorable. Ex: IDSFA (It Doesn’t Stand For Anything)
If you’re going to study with a group, make sure you don’t get distracted.
Once you get behind with school work, it’s hard to catch up. Crawling your way out of holes is difficult, so don’t dig one!
Use highlighters to emphasize key words or information.
For each hour you spend studying, take a 10 minute break to prevent your brain from
exploding.
If you’re having a hard time in a class, free afterschool tutoring is useful and  available in the library
Having trouble with a concept? Take the time to go in and talk to your teacher to clear things up before a test or quiz.

Freshmen Q’s and A’s:

Q: Will I really get beat up if I step on the senior lawn? A:  Of course not, but you’re guaranteed to get some really dirty looks.
Q: Where is the best place to study on campus? A:  The library. Most textbooks are there, computers are available to you, and it’s quiet.
Q: Is there a tsunami evacuation route in the school? A:  Um, no. You’re on your own for that one.
Q: What happens if I get caught cheating on a test? A: If you get caught cheating you’ll recieve a zero on the test. If you get caught cheating three times you’ll get an “F” as a final class grade and a three-day suspension.
Q: Should I send nudes to my boyfriend? A: No, there is no doubt that you’ll both be charged for child pornography. Realistically though, it’s a bad idea that may seriously sully your reputation and your self-esteem for the rest of your high school career.

Senior Stories:

“My brother Tyler used to sit at a table next to the one my friends and I sat at during lunch. Everyday, he would randomly start throwing food at me and then his friends would join in. If I didn’t sit at the table next to him he would throw food at me whenever I walked by. It was basically a one-way food fight.”
-Alyssa Barker

“I was new freshman year, so I didn’t really have any friends going into school. Even though I wasn’t really that great at it, and I was shy, I joined football. I was a fifth quarter warrior and during one game, I made a sweet diving catch. After that, I felt like I gained respect from my team, which gave me confidence, and making new friends became a lot easier.” -Cevae Nava-Lewis
“My brother was a senior when I was a freshman and during lunch, he and his friends would call me and trick me into going on to the senior lawn. Once I was on it, they would scream ‘freshmmmmmaaaaannnn!!’ or ‘Baby Taapken’ and pick me up and hold me so everyone on the lawn would see. Definitely a scary experience.”
-Mia Taapken