The final countdown
Eugenia Durante in GENOA,
Italy: Here I am at last. My last year at high school has come.
The enormous and terrifying final exam, the one that in Italy is called
the “Exam of Maturity,” is waiting for me.
I’m getting ready for the official first day of school, arranging the
new books, selling the old ones, and desperately trying to put in my
mind all the things I should have studied during summer while enjoying
the last days of freedom.
And if possible, I’m trying not to
this year, it will be me versus the world – university, another city,
lots of exams and then finding a job.
But now I have to face the worst enemy of all students all over the
world: the final exam. FULL ARTICLE
Start preparing for college as a freshman
Jenna Potter in MANOTICK, Ontario, Canada:
Preparing for college doesn’t have to be a long and arduous process, no
matter what the procrastinators say.
The key to avoiding those sleepless nights and
caffeine-high all-nighters is to be one step ahead of the game – by
starting in your freshman year of high school.
Take small steps every day from that first year on
and you’ll be able to enjoy your senior year while everyone else is
cramming in their rushed essays and barely meeting deadlines.
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How to succeed in art class
Caroline Nelissen in ERMELO, Gelderland, Netherlands:
Sitting alone at lunch, falling down the stairs, getting lost.
When entering high school as a freshman, these will be just a
few of the thousand worries going through your mind.
The first couple of days, you probably won’t have a mind lucid
enough to be concerned about something as secondary as the
actual classes, let alone that you’ll even start to think about
art classes as an obstacle.
Well, you may want to think again when you’re desperately trying
to keep your hopelessly deformed clay figurine from collapsing.
Ramachandran in BANGALORE, India:
school can undoubtedly be a daunting place. Amidst a sea of
hundreds or thousands of students, in a brand new school, in a
flood of academic rigor, social pressure, and so much more,
finding one’s individuality is often difficult.
Although I am now a senior in high school,
confident and happy where I am, it takes time to find your
niche, your space where you can truly shine.
Everybody, absolutely everyone, has talents.
By Senior Cartoonist Justin
Bicycles at a Dutch high
One of the places that students
park their bicycles during the day at a high school in the Netherlands.
Young people cannot drive until they are 18 there.
Carolina Nelissen/ YouthJournalism.org
Starting senior year
Gokce Yurekli in EDISON, New Jersey, U.S.A.:
So it begins.
I’m a high school senior in the great state of New
Jersey, US of A. Surely starting off my last year with gloomy skies and
undesirable winds was not very pleasant, but I was glad to be back. FULL ARTICLE
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decade's worth of good advice about surviving high school.
Megan Gounder in Merebank, Durban, South Africa: No matter how old
we get in life, forgetting your first day at high school is almost
butterflies in your chest, the thrills, and constantly wondering if
you’re going to fit in or not?
Surviving high school -
Anderson in BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia: High school will
always be tough for new students, no matter where in the world they may
live. But it doesn’t always have to stay that way; there are things that
they can do that will help make their first year in high school a little
One of the tiny lockers at
Christelijk College Nassau-Veluwe in Harderwijk, The Netherlands
Photo by Caroline Nelissen/YouthJournalism.org
First day of high school
turned out fine
Luke Pearson in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, U.S.A.:
As I woke up early last Tuesday, it was just a usual September morning,
with the sun glistening and the birds chirping.
Then one of the scariest thoughts hit me like a
hammer – it was my first day of high school!
At first I was so scared and apprehensive that I felt
Getting through the
deadly first week
Brice Birdsall in PORTLAND, Oregon,
As a freshman, so many things ran through my mind the night
before school started.
Where would my locker be? Would I like my
schedule? What if I got lost? I guess everyone has those fears
or similar ones going to a new school, right?
Anyway, the next morning I couldn't wait to
get to school and see all of my old friends. Since it was
Freshman Assurance Day, I wasn’t too worried. Everything went
according to plan and soon it was the end of the day and all of
my questions were answered.
That night I realized that the second day of
school wouldn’t be anything like the first!
Everyone – not just the freshmen – would be
there and I would be lost in a crowd of ginormous teenagers.
I had no idea how to prepare for that, so I
made a game plan.