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Nadira Berman

What I Wish I Knew Freshman Year

In honor of the beginning of my freshman year of college, I’ve decided to look back to my freshman year of high school. Here’s what I would tell myself if I could somehow send a message to younger me. New freshies, take note!


Don’t worry too much about perfect grades

Obviously you should be trying your best to get good grades in order to set a routine and pattern for yourself for the rest of high school. But don’t be too hard on yourself. Colleges probably won’t care if you’re not absolutely perfect your first year. You have plenty of time to redeem yourself.


The sky is the limit

You can achieve anything you put your mind to. This sounds very cliché but it’s surprisingly true. It’s freshman year! There’s so much possibility. Don’t tell yourself that you can’t/won’t be able to do something. I never expected that I could achieve so many of the things I achieved in high school.


Say goodbye to middle school study habits

You can’t continue to study and do homework the same way you did in middle school. For me, this meant I could no longer procrastinate on Tumblr until 10pm every night. When I started my homework as soon as I got home, life became a lot easier.


Don’t judge people

You’re obviously going to meet a lot of new people this year. Don’t judge anyone on your first impression of them. Just try to be friends with everyone. You never know. The most unexpected person could become your best friend if you just try to talk to them and get to know them a little better.


About Nadira Berman

As a Summer Marketing Intern, Nadira is excited to help high schoolers prepare for the SAT and ACT. As a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, she is considering studying economics. In her free time, she reports for the school newspaper and styles photo shoots for the school's fashion magazine. Besides fashion and journalism, her passions include bagels, smoothies and Netflix.

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