By Maura Gormley ’19
Starting your career at a new high school is stressful. That’s all there is to say. It’s the truth! No matter who you are or where you are going, it is a bit nerve-wracking to start a new school. It was definitely stressful for me when I made the decision to go to Mercy. I felt like a weight had been lifted off of my shoulders by making the decision, but then a world of new worries flew into my mind. What if people didn’t like me? What if I couldn’t make friends? What if the classes are too hard? What if….? The reality is that no matter how much people worry, nothing is going to change. Everyone will make friends, most people will be really nice, and classes can be handled as long as you work hard and ask others for help when it is needed. Through these truths I have put together a short list of tips for incoming freshman.
The first thing to know when starting at Mercy, or a new school in general, is to act calm, even if you are totally freaking out. Just smile, understand that no one is judging you, and most people are just as nervous as you are. I know you’ve heard that too many times and you’re probably sick of it but it’s true, and the sooner you realize how welcoming the school is the more at ease you will feel.
Another important thing when starting at Mercy is to make sure you always have a couple dollars in your bag. It becomes incredibly tempting to buy snacks (especially cookie dough) throughout the day, and it’s always helpful to have some money for when you forget your lunch. Just trust me on this one, there will be a point where you will want to buy cookie dough or hot chocolate so it will be helpful to have the money available when you need it.
Don’t worry about your appearance too much. Mercy is full of messy buns and sweatpants. It’s not worth the trouble and stress to do your hair and makeup every morning. It’s more important to make sure that you are comfortable. (Disclaimer: if you prefer to put on makeup and do your hair that is just fine and you will not be judged, all I’m saying is to make sure you are as comfortable as possible and you do not have to feel obligated to look great everyday.)
Bring a charger to school. Just do it. There is always someone who needs a charger and if you lend one to them it is an instant way to make friends. Not to mention, Ipads and phones don’t stay charged forever so it is convenient to have when your battery runs too low. Bring earbuds as well. They are one of the most necessary school supplies.
My final tip for incoming freshman is to not be discouraged by the never-ending stairs. I know there are a lot, but it ends eventually. Besides, just think about how good your calves will look at the end of the year from all that climbing.