Highschool kiddo coming in with some advice!
-Take a study hall no matter what
- Get in some clubs man, don’t just take classes and get out. Enjoy yourself
-We’re all dying here, if you mess up, no one cares because they’re too worried about themselves.
-Everyone kind of doesn’t like freshmen as a general rule but as long as you’re not really annoying or trying to schmooze your way into the upperclassmen circles, you should be okay.
Honestly, a lot of the stereotypes are there, but not in a big way. I live in a football town, so that’s the main focus during the fall but our arts program is amazing and isn’t pushed off to the side like you would expect it to be. My school is also extremely high achieving in literally everything and someone with a low B could easily be the smartest kid in the class if they were in another district.
If you really want a group of friends fast, join an arts class, like band/choir/orchestra, theater, art class in general, etc. You’re already grouped together and you’ll find a lot of like minded people that you’ll spend a lot of time with. You’re all basically friends by default, especially in marching band.
They’re awful and stressful and you kind of just have to suck it up and tough it out.