Whenever you hear high school will fly by so fast, believe them. I thought I would dread sitting in a big scary school for four years, but I met people, found amazing teachers, joined clubs, and enjoyed the ride. Venice is a special place if you really take advantage of everything it has to offer.
My advice for a freshman or any class would be:
Make time for things
Teachers are people and good ones will treat you like one
Test the limit of lateness
It’s more worth it to not prioritize school sometimes
After two all-nighters you might feel okay—the third day is always the worst
High school love is cool, but have you ever read a really good book?
Take advantage of the garden at school, it’s beautiful
Attend a football game, they’re actually really fun if you experience them with the right people
Do things by yourself, it builds character
The best advice I was ever given was, “Use your student card— you might not get paid but you have your time and curiosity which is more than most put in.”