Freshmen Do’s and Don’ts

Zaria Robinson, Reporter

Have you ever heard the phrase, “freshmen are so annoying?” or “freshmen are so obnoxious?”

Everybody gets the idea of freshmen as annoying, obnoxious, or loud. Never will you go to a school where spending time with freshman is exciting, and looked forward to. None of student populations have been excited for a new group of freshmen,

Antonio Wyche, security guard at West High for six years now, advises freshmen to watch hallway conduct noting, “this isn’t Junior High, be yourself,” as a student motto. He asks students to come to the best if they have a serious issue with one of the older kids. “Notify security, because upperclassmen would rather listen to them than some new, younger kid with a fast mouth.”

You may believe you’re threatened, but usually it’s just a way upperclassmen try to scare you. Join a sport, follow positive influences, or join a club. Get involved and make friends. You can be naive, but don’t disobey the rules, and not follow the ropes at school. Coach Wyche uses, “Just do it,” a famous slogan for Nike as a describing phrase for how to handle homework and tasks your freshmen year.

Here are some Do’s and Don’t to get you through the year.

Don’ts’s for Being a freshmen:

  1. Act dumb
  2. Act like you’re still in Junior High; it’s high school now.
  3. Think you know more than you actually do
  4. Act like some one/thing you’re not

Do’s for Being a freshmen:

  1. Avoid being someone you’re not
  2. Act like you don’t think you know everything, because you don’t
  3. Join a sport
  4. Follow a upperclassmen

Shaina Carter, senior at WAHS advises students to grow up, stop acting like you’re seven years old, don’t “cupcake”, flirt/kiss/stop and hug in the hallways, keep your reputation presentable, and pay attention where and who you’re walking into.

Freshmen have the reputation of being outstandingly annoying and irritating to most upperclassmen because of how naive and new they are to high school, but to Shaina she finds them different, and it’s cute how new they are. “They have it easy, coming out of the comfort zone of junior high can be hard, but it’s worth it. They’re still learning, which makes them easily molded into good students with the right role models,” she notes.