The Best Advice for Incoming Freshmen

Starting a new school—no matter the grade—can be tough. There are new teachers to meet, a new schedule to learn, and new friends to make. We reached out to some of our current sophomores about what advice they had for our newest students, our freshmen. Here’s what they had to say.

Step out of your comfort zone.
“My advice to the incoming freshman is to step out of your comfort zone. Its natural and okay to flock to the girls you knew from middle school, or even stand in the corner when you don’t know anyone yet. Make an effort to talk to someone new every day. It might seem difficult and intimidating, but no matter how confident a person appears, I can guarantee they’re just as nervous as you are. It takes a lot of trial and error to find people you click with, but that’s what high school is all about; new experiences! So embrace the awkwardness, be that person who makes the first move, and stay positive, because at the end of the day you all have one thing in common: you’re a Gertie girl now!” – Clara Drendel ’21

Be yourself.

“The advice I would give to an incoming freshman is to be yourself. It may sound easy to do, but sometimes it’s easier to act like someone you aren’t. You may want to fit in or to follow the crowd but I guarantee you will be happiest acting like yourself instead of someone else. Your differences are what makes you you and if you try to act like everyone else you can end up losing yourself.” – Ida Adeso ’21


No expectations.
“Don’t come into high school with expectations of what it should be. High school is an experience that will be different for everyone, so do it your way. You’re going to feel lost sometimes and you’re going to feel like you don’t know what you’re doing, but here’s a little secret: none of us know what we’re doing. We’re all just trying to figure it out. And when you do need some guidance, don’t hesitate to ask a girl older than you. It may seem scary, but I wouldn’t have gotten through the first few weeks of school without the support of upperclassmen.” – Emilia Iannini ’21 (right)

Say yes.
“Whether its reading aloud in class, answering a question, or volunteering, if you say yes to something small you realize that the community and environment at SGHS is there to support you. By simply saying yes, you learn that nobody is going to think you’re weird or is going to laugh at you for being who you are. Saying yes as a freshman allows you to gain the confidence needed to navigate a place and find your role within it.” – Natalie Wolpert ’21


It’s OK not knowing everyone.
“When I walked into ASH (Advisory Study Hall) for the first time I didn’t know anyone. I really wanted to be in the ASH with all my friends. As the year went on, I became really close to those girls. I am so glad I was put in the ASH I was put in because I gained more friendships with people, some that I didn’t think I would be so close to.” – Izzy Friend ’21 (right)