June is quickly approaching, and with that comes the impending break of summer that most students look forward to. But it’ll only be two months until the start of school, and with that comes a new class of freshmen at Staten Island Tech.
Being a freshman at Tech may seem daunting at first from the new classes, a new environment, and new standards that are set for you. However, with a few simple tips, it’s easy to get into the swing of things at Staten Island Tech!
Now, without further ado, here are some of my top tips for your freshman year at Tech!
Don’t procrastinate. This is probably the biggest piece of advice that any Tech student can give you. Staying on top of your homework and classes can leave you with enough time to pursue other extracurriculars, like sports, clubs, or volunteering. Try keeping track of homework; there are lots of tutoring services and resources available at the Tech library. Allotting your time earlier in freshman year helps you deal with tougher classes in junior and senior year!
Try joining an activity. Freshman year is a time for trying out new things to find out what you really want to put your time into. At Tech, there’s tons of opportunities that cater to all sorts of different people. There’s lots of sports teams, clubs like the JSA, Key Club, and the various multicultural clubs. There’s also major events like SING and Spring Musical, and Spirit Week which the whole school takes part of and enjoys. There’s also activities such as Student Organization, the Science Engineering Research Program, and Math Team that can help you find other people with similar interests!
Find your way around. Tech can be a bit confusing when you first try to navigate its hallways, especially when you get your schedule for the first time. Don’t be afraid to ask teachers for directions, or fellow upperclassmen. Get a feel of the hallways of the school- it will definitely pay off later.
Think about what comes next. Freshman year is still fairly early to think about colleges and the SATs and the ACT, but it never hurts to venture into the area. Your guidance counselor is a great source of information for this. You can also get in touch with them later to talk about class choices and any thoughts on your mind. It always pays off to have an idea of what you want to do later. But remember…
Don’t worry. Tech is a great place to find opportunities tailored to certain career choices and opportunities. But it can be easy to get overwhelmed with so many choices and thoughts about what to do next. In freshman year, don’t let these decisions weigh heavily on your mind- just try to get adapted to Tech first.
Hopefully these tips help you out with your first year at Tech! Remember, it’s a time to adjust and adapt, which comes first. With that in mind, I hope to see you next fall at Tech!