Adjusting to high school  has the potential to be an incredibly daunting experience. However, freshman do not have to stumble through the daily struggles of high school alone. We have compiled a brief list of questions commonly asked by freshman at AHS, and supplied answers from a variety of upperclassmen. These responses aim to suggest strategies and give solutions that will help you succeed at AHS. Good luck this year, class of 2019!

“Do lockers help, or is it easier to have all of your stuff in your backpack?”

Carolyn Holden (junior) says, “Lockers only help if you walk by them during the day. So it depends on where your locker is located, and I don’t use my locker because I don’t walk past mine and I don’t have that much stuff.”

Talia Carpenteri (junior) says, “They really don’t help at all. You should definitely keep your stuff in your backpack, because you won’t have any time to go back to your locker to get anything. You’re going to have a really big backpack, but it’s gonna be okay.”

“How do you deal with being stressed about a test?”

Ananya Bhattacharya (junior) says, “So basically, you have to make a plan as soon as you find out about a test if you’re stressed about it. You need to make a study guide, and write down which chapters you need to know, all the vocabulary and definitions. Write down every important piece of information. Do practice problems if its math, and always talk to the teacher if you need to.”

Maggie Meng (junior) says, “Most importantly you have to study. If you study enough and you’re confident enough with the material, I’m going to assure you that you aren’t going to be stressed about the test. The only stress factor that brings me stress are not knowing the material well enough, and just being stressed. If you’re just stressed, just eat ice cream! Or, take time off from studying. So, just make sure you study enough and believe in yourself.

“How do you find time to do homework with sports?”

Zara Silva-Landry (junior) says, “I make sure to get half of it done before my practice, or if practice is right after school, I will plan it out as I’m driving home from practice. Then I’ll get down and do it, with some breaks in between so I can get a lot done.”

Sharon Mai (junior) says, “I think it’s really important to be able to know how to manage and organize your time wisely because even if you do, there are going to be days where you can’t get your homework done, if you just have a lot. Sometimes you can find time to do homework in between games, or at a meet. You just have to know how to manage your time and not waste it, and always keep track of your priorities.”

“How do you manage the workload?”

Anna Wessel (junior) says, “I manage the workload by organizing my time and planning out my day to know what I have to do. I prioritize which subjects I have to work on first and which extracurricular activities I have to do or work on.

Rachel Ferronetti (junior) says, “When I get home I immediately begin to work. I complete the toughest homework that is due the next day first as a way to take the stress off a little. I also realized that it’s okay to ask a friend for help on a problem if I’m stuck because it only wastes time to sit there and be stumped.”

“Where is the dirt room?”

Nick Jones (junior) says, “There’s a hallway to the left of where where you actually enter the two double doors that go into the Collins Center. If you go down that hallway, at the end of it is a door to your left. That’s the dirt room. I’ve been in there like, a few times, and there’s really nothing in there. It’s full of dirt, and it has desks in it for some reason, and it smells a lot. It’s really not anything special.”