Advice for Incoming Freshmen

Starting high school is a stressful, confusing, but exciting time! As an incoming freshman, here are some tips to help you succeed at Memorial.

  • Set good schedules. It’s vital that you outline your activities, schoolwork, and test dates clearly. Use of your planners to organize your busy schedules. After all, you don’t want to fall behind!


  • Keep your backpack and supplies organized. It’s a hassle to fish for materials, and, even worse, to lose homework and classwork. Have folders or binders to keep papers together and a pencil case to organize writing utensils.
  • Don’t cram for tests. Although grades don’t define you, they’re still important! Don’t let them slip and study regularly and thoroughly.
  • All the same, don’t stress over a bad test. While a bad test score can definitely plunge you into an abyss of worrying and frustration, don’t let it get to you! Your transcript only shows semester letter grades, so you will have plenty of time to make up for lost points. Besides, going over mistakes is the best pathway to learning from them!
  • Familiarize yourself with JMM’s structure. Memorial is a confusing maze of hallways, but once you get the hang of it, navigating JMM is a breeze! The school is symmetrical on both floors with different departments on each wing, which can boggle your mind in the first few weeks. A handy map is located in your planner, but don’t be afraid to consult teachers and upperclassmen for help!
  • Ask for help. Don’t be afraid to ask for guidance from teachers, counselors, or friends. Especially make use of flex time, where you can ask teachers for help during the last 20 minutes of lunch.
  • Try out clubs and activities. At Memorial, we offer a vast assortment of clubs, from animation, to public speaking, to science, and more! Clubs are a great way to discover your passions and get involved in something you enjoy. And if there isn’t a club you’re looking for, think about starting one of your own! *wink*
  • Have fun! High school is all about growing into your passions, discovering yourself, and finding your way through the whole learning process. Make the most of high school and enjoy your last four years before adulthood! Explore JMM and create memories that will last.


By Jessica Jiang

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