Shy girl’s guide to starting high school


It’s that time of year again: the new stationary is packed in your oversized rucksack, you’re drowning in your blazer and still have no idea how to tie a tie.  It can only be back to school time and for some that means growing up a little and heading to secondary school.

I still remember my first day – I hardly knew anyone, I didn’t know my way around and the big kids were well a lot bigger than me.  It was pretty scary for 11 year old me, but I survived and you will too.

Here are some top tips to remember to get you through the first few weeks:

  1. You will make friends, just be yourself. I thought I’d get the typical adult response out the way early. You’re wonderful the way you are, and people will realise that, you don’t have to pretend to be something you’re not to try and fit it.
  2. If you’re lost or confused about something, ask! Teachers might seem intimidating, but they’re there to help you. It’s much better to admit that you don’t understand rather than sitting there confused.
  3. Pack your bag the night before. This way you won’t be rushing around in the morning and risk being late. It gives you more time to get ready – or in my case get 5 extra minutes sleep. Bonus tip: pack tissues. You’re bound to pick up a cold at some point in September because everyone’s bringing they’re new germs with them.
  4. You are not alone. It sounds obvious, but everyone else is in the same boat as you. Everyone’s a bit nervous, but once you start to settle in you’ll realise that there’s nothing to worry about.
  5. Try and enjoy yourself. High school will be filled with good time and bad times just like the rest of your life, so make the most of it. You are preparing for your future, but don’t forget to enjoy what’s happening right now. You only get to do this once, and it’ll be over before you know.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Winston Churchill


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