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Sisterly Advice: 10 Teachings to Live By Freshman Year

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Callie O'Neill studying at her locker.

Callie O'Neill studying at her locker.

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Photo by Meghan Quinlan

Callie O'Neill studying at her locker.

Callie O'Neill, Staff Writer

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  1. Don’t close yourself off to a small group of friends.  Talk to everyone and be kind to everyone – you will be thankful for this later because friend groups always change.
  2. Try new things – high school is a great time to try new sports, programs, and clubs. You never know, you could have a hidden talent!
  3. Don’t be afraid to get involved and enjoy the many opportunities Vis offers. Not many other schools have JBD days, dodgeball, bagel Fridays, snack twice a week, or eighty girls in your grade that you get to call your sisters.
  4. Become friends with upperclassmen.  It’s always nice to be friends with people from other grades and have mentors that have already gone through the same things you have – reach out to them!
  5. Don’t wait until sophomore or junior year to give school your best effort — getting good grades and establishing good study habits freshman year will end up benefitting you for the later years to come.
  6. Stay true to yourself – it might take a while for you to find your people, but don’t worry, when you do, it will be worth it.
  7. Don’t be quick to judge- you are going to be with these girls for the next four years and likely many more years of your life.  You have a lot more in common with your classmates than you think.
  8. Get to know your teachers – they are amazing people! They want you to succeed; go in for tutoring – it helps a lot!
  9. Find a balance between homework and life outside of school.  Vis can be challenging and always do your best, but do not miss out on important opportunities just to get your homework done.
  10. Do not compare yourself to others; instead, aim to better yourself rather than focusing on being better than others.

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