Starting high school can be tough, but being armed with a little knowledge can help freshmen acclimate into high school. On October 8, the GEAR UP Program helped SHEO (Students Helping Each Other) sponsor an event held at the Running T Ranch. This event provided freshmen with information that will be valuable to them throughout high school and help them with any fear and trepidation. Five high school seniors came to share “Best Practices” and “Learned Lessons.” Here are some of the experiences the seniors talked about.
- Freshmen year actually matters, so keep your grades up.
- Avoid drama; tell people straight up that you want
- nothing to do with it.
- Stay clear of alcohol and drugs.
- Start exploring your interests; take what you can handle and try lots of extracurricular activities and sports.
- Keep a journal of all your awards and activities for your applications into college.
- Strike a balance between work, sleep, and play.
- Procrastination will get you nowhere.
- Remember “You are the only one” accountable for your future.
YWCA Event Coordinator, Nancy Butler led team building activities to help the freshmen understand that entering high school is fun and serious. Structured activities were led by SHEO class advisor, Jason Noble. Jason’s activities led them outside into groups, forming new bonds by answering questions that pertained to school and life and then sharing their answers with each group. GEAR UP provided a booth with information on colleges and scholarships. Mayra and Claudia from GEAR UP WSU Tri-Cities spoke to the students about what GEAR UP can offer such as tutoring, ways to pay for college, and scholarships. The freshmen responded well and enjoyed the experience of Freshmen Orientation.