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Sister to Sister: Starting Highschool

Ok first off, deep breath. We’re gonna be ok. Take it from me; an old fart high school senior who’s introverted and started out with hardly any confidence. You’ll be fine <3

I'll be honest, high school is terrifying- at first. So is any new and strange place you go to in life, just like college is for me right now! But like anything that’s new at first, you’ll get the hang of it. You’ll know that school on the back of your hand sooner than you know it. It’s big and maze like in the beginning, but soon you’ll know the general areas, and you can always ask a teacher for help finding a specific location. Here’s some starter tips and advice to help ease your pre-high-school anxiety

-Find out if your high school has a 9th grade/freshman jumpstart program.  
This usually takes place before school starts and is like an orientation for newbies to get a feel for the school, figure out their schedules, get some pep talks about high school, etc. It’s a really nice way to get familiar with what seems like a building the size of Russia, and also reassure you that the school knows you’re new, and will do what it can to help you out.

-Go through your schedule ahead of time. 
Most schools should have an ‘open house’ where all students get their pictures taken/get their schedules/planners/donate money for technology department, etc. This is also an ideal time to run through your schedule, and if your school is open you can run through it anytime before school as well. Don’t worry too much about side-passage ways and the fastest routes- just focus on getting to your classes the easiest way and you’ll find shortcuts later on :)

-Your teachers will probably not mark you tardy on the first day. 
You’re a freshman in high school in a big new place, it’d be ridiculous for your teacher to mark you late on the very first day. In fact, most teachers don’t mark any students tardy on the very first day of school, so you’ll be just fine even if you get lost. There should be hall monitors or just teachers around you can help you find a specific classroom if you lose you’re way, and if worst comes to worst, you can ask the main office.

-Making friends... is a tricky one. 
I’m a hard-wired introvert and was pretty shy in the beginning of high school. So if you’re like me, great! Except, I personally didn’t make many connections. However, there are ways to increase your chances. Joining clubs/electives you’re interested in is a great way to meet people with similar interests. And throughout high school you’ll notice people who’ve shown up in your classes over the semesters and might start a connection with them! Don’t stress too much on making friends your first year, most happen after that anyway :) And sometimes, it might just be too difficult to really bond with anybody and I completely understand. That’s basically how I rolled through my 4 years and its really tough, especially with the social pressure of school dances (which are great until you’re sad you don’t have a date, and even more sad you don’t have friends to go with.) 

Best I can say is you are not alone. Everyone's trying to figure themselves out in this weird 'I'm not a child but I'm not an adult what am I' phase, including you. You’re learning who you are and you don’t need other people to decide that for you. You will meet so many people in your life time, your social life in these short 4 years does not define you.

-Don't be afraid of change.
If theres one piece of advice I wish I had received back in 9th grade, it’d be this. I took all the honors classes thinking it would be similar to middle school, and didn’t think much when my school said these would be challenging courses. I had no free time, I was super stressed- it was awful. Even though my mom told me I should drop down to a regular course, I would freak out on her because I was still new to this school and the idea of change already was terrifying to me. I pushed through and made it with A’s and B’s, but then promptly isolated myself from friends and family just so I could make up for lost time with my writing. I went into complete hermit mode, started festering an unhealthy dislike for people, and suspect I have some form of anxiety/stress disorder from being constantly overwhelmed.
I’ve learned from this and my second year I dropped out of an AP course down to a regular one and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. Changes like that can be terrifying and screw up the order you’ve been trying to handle, but sometimes it has to be done just so you can stay healthy and sane. Here’s a way of dealing with it that my brother told me: Don’t think about the anxiety you feel now and all the what ifs and what can go wrong- focus on how *good* you’re going to feel when its over, when its all worked out, when you successfully got through that bump in the road. It’ll make getting through it a whole lot easier :)

-Go in with like, medium expectations. 
High school will probably not be "the best years of your life", but that doesn’t mean it’ll be the worst either. You could say I had a dog awful time there, but I also was exposed to experiences that lead to great opportunities and developed me into a more confident person. Let your expectations be high enough that you don’t dread it, but low enough that you’re not super disappointed. High school will be a character building experience.

I hope some of this helps, and if you guys have any questions/concerns about the weird ways of public high school, feel free to message me or other S2S mentors anytime (and/or share your experiences/advice below!) High school seems scary and weird, but us who have been through it can ressure you, you will make it <3

Good luck, future freshmen- you’re gonna be just fine ;)

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Sister to Sister: Finals and Projects

Finals week can be a stressful experience, but if you plan early, there’s nothing to worry about. This is why I’m posting tips about preparing for finals week a couple of months before finals start for most people, although a lot of the skills I use for finals can be helpful for other tests too.

It can be hard to avoid procrastination before finals week. It’s always tempting to put off studying for finals until the day before. However, it pays off to start early. One of the things that I’ve learned after three years of high school finals is that it’s important to take notes throughout the school year. When it’s time to study for finals, organize your notes and anything else you’ll need to study. If your notes are organized, it’s much easier to find what you need. I usually organize my notes before I start studying, to make sure I can study everything I’ll need to know for finals.

Another thing I’ve learned is to fill out any kind of study guide the teacher gives you. Usually, the material on the study guide will be the same as the questions on the test. If you memorize everything in the study guide, there’s a good chance you’ll ace your finals. Sometimes, I’ve found questions on the study guide where I couldn’t find the answer in my notes. In these cases, I ask a teacher if he or she can help me. Teachers are usually more than happy to help if students need it.

In addition to getting help from a teacher, it’s also a good idea to start a finals study group with friends from your class. Studying together is fun, and friends can also help you learn. Your group can make flashcards and quiz each other, talk about the material on the test, or anything else that helps you learn. However, it’s important to avoid getting distracted. If your friends spend a lot of time on social media (or anything else that’s not related to school) while you’re studying, I would recommend studying by yourself as well to make sure you’re prepared for the test.

Sometimes, classes require you to complete projects as well as finals. Projects might be assigned during finals week, but they are also common during the rest of the school year. Some projects that I’ve been assigned include preparing a skit in Spanish with a group, making a poster that describes an event in history, and writing essays for English. Like studying for finals, it’s important to start projects early. I usually make a schedule that outlines what I need to do for the project and when I’m going to do it. If the teacher gives you a rubric for the project, try your best to follow it. A rubric for a project is like the study guide for a test- if you do or learn everything it says, you’re probably going to get an awesome grade.

Finally, make sure you take care of yourself during finals week. A lot of people talk about pulling all-nighters to study, but all-nighters can make you more tired during your finals. If you start studying early, you’ll probably only need to spend an hour or two (or less, depending on your class) studying the night before your final. You’ll know all the material for your final and have plenty of energy to take the test.

Even though it’s only November, I’m already organizing my notes to start studying for finals. What do you think about finals? What are your best tips for studying? Let me know in the comments below!


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Sister to Sister: Prioritizing

For most of us, school has started; meaning all kinds of homework and projects are makin’ their way down town. And not just school work, but our own side projects too are in the balance. Depending on your work load, these things may become overwhelming, and at times impossible to finish. And at their worst, they can cause breakdowns and stress related health problems. When I was in my first year of highschool, I took all the honors classes (honors geometry, civics, physical science, and english- fun times), thinking it would be just like middle school where said classes were no different in difficulty for me. I, soon learned otherwise when this menacing pile of homework and projects and tests suddenly loomed on me from out of freaking nowhere and I didn’t know how to handle them.

For me, that was a huge unexpected load, and I didn’t always get everything done. But I got a lot more done through prioritizing, a skill I had to learn to practically keep my head above water. And even if you’re cruising on the highway with no stress in the world, prioritizing can easily help with general productivity too! (and a good technique to hone before things get crazy). Here are methods I use to figuring out what goes on my to-do list:

List out everything you gotta do. Doesn’t have to be in a certain order, just everything that comes to mind. Homework, chores, studying, projects, your projects, etc. Not only does this relieve some stress by getting all of these weighing tasks onto paper, but it’ll make prioritizing each item easier when its out in front of us, and so we don’t forget anything.

Write down when each item is due. For studying, when’s your test gonna be? Is this homework assignment due tomorrow? Deadline for this project? If your assignment or perhaps side project doesn’t have a strict deadline, give an estimate of when it probably should be done or when you’d like them done (such as a general month, week, or give yourself your own specific deadline, etc)

Which items are more hefty toward your grade? Generally small worksheets and daily homework assignments aren’t worth as much, but tests and projects and packets are. Depending on your school’s grading system, these things could vary, but the point is to write down which things will affect your grade most. Unfortunately, your outside-of-school-side-projects may have to be put on the side burner here, as those don’t typically influence your school grade. (Doesn’t mean you can’t work on them! Just they don’t count in this category)

Which assignments are going to be more strenuous/harder for you? Sure, I have a biology test tomorrow, but that stuff comes to me like the back of my hand, and I never really have to study for those. Now, my history homework on the other hand, doesn’t come as easy, and that’ll help in the long run for my test. It’s best to put the harder stuff before the easy stuff on your to-do list, so you can work on it while you got brain power, and then have less strenuous work afterwards when your brain is but a confused mush of nonsensical philosophy.

Finally, which assignments are most important? Combine when the assignment is due, how grade-worthy it is, and which ones are harder for you. These will be your determining factors as to what needs to get done first. Yeah, that daily worksheet for Spanish is due tomorrow- but it’s a formative assignment and in the long run, isn’t this summative project for English worth a lot more? And this test for science? True, this means you may not get every single assignment done. But that was never the goal in the first place; the goal is to get the most done in terms of importance and the long term. Sometimes you gotta make sacrifices when there’s too much to do. And that’s ok.

However, prioritizing is not a cure all solution, and sometimes other steps such as sacrificing projects and classes (that you can safely drop) may be in order. We’re human and sometimes we simply can’t do everything we want to or feel we need to. It all depends on your situation, but in the mean time, prioritizing can at least help keep you from tumbling over, and keep you more productive when you need it most.

None the less, I hope you all are doing alright with your classes/projects/life so far, and that at least some of these tips helped ease the stress a little. And always remember you are worth more than your productivity and that you're doing your best, and no one could ask any more of you :) 

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Sister to Sister: Gossip

Gossip has always made me worried and uncomfortable. I used to worry about people talking about me behind my back or people spreading untrue rumors about me. Gossip is a popular subject in books, movies, and T.V. shows. Unfortunately, I've also heard gossip in the homeschool co-ops that I attended before high school and at both of the high schools I attended. However, I've recently learned that I don't need to worry too much about gossip.

I've always tried to avoid gossiping about people, both before and during high school. There are two main reasons that I've avoided spreading rumors and gossip. One of them is because I wouldn't want people I know gossiping about me. Another reason is because people could find out about gossip and be offended, and I don't want to offend anyone by talking about them behind their back. However, I've encountered situations at school where all of my friends are gossiping about someone I know. I usually try to change the subject in these situations, because changing the subject often stops the gossip.

Even though I don't gossip or spread rumors about people, I used to worry that people were spreading rumors about me. However, I've recently learned to handle this fear and stop worrying about gossip. One of the ways that I avoid worrying about gossip is by being kind to people. I think that if I'm kind to other people, people will think of me as a kind person and be less likely to spread rumors about me. Being kind to other people does not mean trying to make everyone happy or be perfect, because no one needs to make everyone happy. I think that being kind means treating others with respect and standing up for people if they are teased or bullied.

In addition to being kind to others, I also try to remember that rumors don't usually matter. A lot of the time, people who spread rumors are insecure or trying to impress others, especially if the rumors are untrue. If people were spreading untrue rumors about me, I would ignore the rumors and feel sorry for the people spreading them. I wouldn't let the rumors hurt me or make me feel insecure. A few months ago, I found out that girls in my choir were spreading rumors about me. The rumor that they were spreading wasn't true at all, and I don't know how it got started. When someone asked me about it, I told her the truth. Hopefully, the other girls in choir know now that the rumor wasn't true. But if they don't know the truth, then that's okay too. I'm not going to let rumors bother me anymore.

Finally, I think that a good way to avoid worrying about rumors and gossip is to focus on something that's important to you. It could be sports, singing, writing, acting, or anything else that you like to do for fun. I love creative writing and singing, and I have a blog and YouTube channel where I post short stories and videos. By doing these things, I can enjoy myself by doing something I love. These things also help take my mind away from worrying about rumors. Ever since I stopped worrying about gossip and rumors, I've been able to enjoy myself more and focus even more on writing and singing. What are your opinions about rumors and gossip? Also, do you have any suggestions for future Sister to Sister blog posts? If so, I would love to hear them! Let me know what you think in the comments below!

- Alexandra

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                Most girls, such as myself, learn many different kinds of information, subjects, and ideas at school. In English class, you might learn about how to use proper grammar and how to write a five-paragraph essay. In Math, you might learn how to solve for X and how to graph an equation. When I was younger, I thought I would never use the skills I learned in school in real life. However, during middle school and high school, I learned that is not the case. In fact, many of the things I’ve learned in school are things I’ve already started using in real life. You will most likely be able to apply the things you’ve learned in school to your life as well.

                When I was in middle school, I learned how to make note cards and take notes while doing research. I used to think taking notes was only useful for research papers, studying, or other school-related activities. However, taking notes has helped me in many other situations as well. I’m a creative writer, so I take notes while doing research for the books I write. For example, in one of my novels, the characters visit Costa Rica. I’ve never been to Costa Rica, so before I started writing the book, I didn’t know very much about it. I did research online to learn more about Costa Rica, and I took notes and cited sources for what I was learning. My research helped me a lot for my writing, and school taught me how to do research.

                Another thing I learned in English class was how to use good spelling and grammar. These skills are useful for essays and research papers. However, they are also useful for writing books, writing emails to potential employers in the future, and writing my blog posts for New Moon Girls.

                Math skills, as well as English skills, can be used in many situations. Adding and subtracting is an important part of managing money. A lot of people, including myself, budget their money. Budgeting means planning for how to spend your money and how much money you plan to spend on the things you need. Budgeting well helps people to make sure they will have enough money for everything on which they want to spend it. You can also use math to budget your time. If you need to do five different chores in one hour, you could divide sixty minutes by the number of chores to figure out how much time you have to do each chore. Budgeting time is a skill that can be used during and after school.

                During school, middle school and high school especially, many people take elective classes and extracurriculars. Both of these can be for subjects of your choice, such as choir, theatre, sports, dance, computer club, academic club, speech and debate, and many other subjects. Elective classes and extracurriculars are a lot of fun, but another good thing about taking extracurriculars is that they can help you to find what subjects interest you. Finding subjects that are interesting and fun during school can help people figure out what they want to do as hobbies or a career after school.

Of course, you don’t have to turn your electives into a career or hobbies after high school. Taking electives in subjects which you don’t plan to continue after high school is great also. However, electives are often a good way to find out how you enjoy spending time. This year, I’m taking choir, dance, and theatre at my school, because I really like fine arts. Some of my friends take other extracurriculars for subjects they like.

Overall, school has taught me many different skills that I can use outside of school as well. Have you learned anything in school that has helped you in a situation outside of school? Post your thoughts in the comments below!

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Sister to Sister- School Dances

During the school year, a lot of girls go to school dances. Most middle schools and high schools have dances, where students can dress up and have a great time. Sometimes dances have unique and interesting themes, such as a princess theme or an ocean theme. At my high school, the Homecoming dance is coming up. A lot of people have been talking about the Homecoming dance. Some of my friends are planning to go to the dance, and some of my friends are busy with other things. Some people don’t like dances, which is totally okay. No one needs to go to a school dance. However, many girls have fun at school dances. For me, school dances are a great excuse to dress up like a princess and have fun with my friends. I think that if you want to go to a dance, the most important thing is to have fun.  

The first school dance I went to was during my Freshmen year of high school. I went to the Homecoming dance with three friends. Before the dance, we hung out at one of my friends’ house and helped each other do our hair and makeup. Then, we went to the mall, got dinner at a restaurant, and went to the dance after that. I didn’t go to the Homecoming dance last year, since I had just moved to a new school. I didn’t know anyone during Homecoming week, and my Homecoming dress was still in storage. Because of this, I went to dinner with my family instead of going to the dance. However, I’m planning to go to the Homecoming dance this year, and I’m really excited. I’ve made lots of new friends now, and they’ve told me good things about the Homecoming dance.

Some of my friends go to school dances with a date, but you don’t need a date to go to a school dance. A lot of people go to dances with friends, which is just as much fun. This year, I’m going to the Homecoming dance with my friend. I’m looking forward to seeing my friends at the dance, taking pictures, and having an awesome time.

If you’re going to a school dance, one important thing to remember is to make sure your feet are comfortable while you’re dancing. If you don’t want to dance in high heels, you might be able to take them off at the dance. A lot of girls don’t wear high heels while they’re dancing. At my first Homecoming dance, I wore new silver high heels. They were really pretty, but they kept slipping down my feet. I had to pull the straps back up every few seconds, which was really annoying. But I was worried that if I took my shoes off, I would lose them. This year, I’m going to wear sparkly, high heeled boots that won’t slip off. If you want to take off your shoes when dancing, I would recommend leaving them in a safe place where you will be able to find them when the dance is over.

Another important thing to remember is to not worry too much about how you look. At my first dance, I had a lot of fun dressing up and having my hair and makeup done. However, I still felt insecure, like I wasn’t pretty enough. Back then, I didn’t understand that dances are supposed to be fun, not stressful. It’s great to dress up and wear makeup, as long as you remember that you are beautiful no matter what you wear or how much makeup you wear. In fact, you don’t need to wear any makeup at all if you don’t want to. Having a good time at the dance is more important. People will be so focused on having fun, they won’t be judging anyone.

If you’re going to a dance this year, have an awesome time! Comment below to tell us about your school dance stories.


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Heading back to school is an exciting time of year. A new school year means seeing old friends, meeting new teachers, and learning new things. It can also be a stressful time of year. I was always a little nervous before starting a new school year.

Like many of you, I had my fair share of worries heading into the new school year. I was worried about remembering my locker combination, whether or not I’d be able to sit with my friends in class, and what my grades would be like that year. I think my biggest fears were that I wouldn’t know anyone in my classes, and that I’d have to speak in front of the class. Some of those things you just have to face head on, so that when you feel nervous or worried like that again, you’ll be able to tell yourself, “Hey, I can handle this. I’ve done it before.” Other things, like remembering your locker combo and finding your classes, will be a lot less scary after the first few days. It takes time to adjust to anything new, and doing something more than once always helps with nerves.

It can be especially scary to start at a new school with new teachers and new students. When I started 7th grade at my local middle school, I got lost and had to ask a teacher where to go, and ended up being late for my first class! Soon after that nerve-racking experience, I learned my way around, and had a fun 7th grade experience. If you’re the new girl in school, don’t be afraid to ask questions. You won’t learn your way around without asking some questions. You might even make a new friend that way.

Let’s talk crushes

We all have them. If you don’t yet, you might want to take some notes for when you do. Sometimes it’s super easy talking to your crush, especially if you’re already best buds, but for a lot of girls it’s tough. The key is to be yourself.

You’re probably thinking, “I don’t even know myself yet!” I know it’s hard when you’re not 100% sure who you are yet, I still don’t know myself completely, but focus on the things you DO know. You like to sing in choir? Ask them to go to your next concert. Your favorite thing to do on weekends is read a good book? Give them some good book suggestions. Telling someone a little about you can go a long way in creating a friendship. And while you’re getting to know each other, don’t forget to ask them questions as well. Find out what their holiday traditions are, or which bands they like to listen to. It’s all about opening up, and being willing to listen.

Things I wish I could tell my younger self

Let’s go back to the part where I said it can be exciting to learn new things. Learning can be fun? What? Why yes, yes it can. Think about it this way: every year at school means another year of knowledge stored in your brain. Another year of growing and changing. Some of it may be things you already knew, some of it may be brand new. Either way, you’re expanding your knowledge of the world!

Another awesome thing to take with you this school year? There are thousands of people all over the world who want to help you expand your minds and learn everything that you can. You know who I’m talking about. They’re your teachers. They’re the ones who teach you about fractions, writing, singing, and playing. The teachers, tutors, staff members, volunteers, and parents who help you on your way to greatness are there for you. They are amazing, and they’re there for YOU.

As you head back to school (or continue school if you attend year-round), remember that there are girls all over the world just like you. You are not alone in your worries, and you are capable of overcoming them. And remember to have fun! This is your time to learn new things, make new friends, and try out for whatever sports or classes you want. The people at your schools, whether they’re at home or in a school building, are there for one reason: Y-O-U. I hope you all have a fun and interesting year!

What are you worried about as you start school this year? Are you starting at a new school? Do you love your school or your teacher? Talk it out below!


Ayla, NMG Intern

NMG Tip of the Week: Where can you post videos on the new site? I know a lot of you liked that feature on the old site, but there actually isn’t a way to do this on the new site at this time. NMG staff will update you if anything changes.

P.S. Want even more back to school talk? Join other NMG members for a Back to School Chat on September 1st. Chat with other members about going back to school using voice, video, and text!

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        Yes, I'm pretty sure it is! I noticed it last week for the first time. :0 :D

        Far as I can tell, it seems to be connected to the whole of Luna's Blog (unlike the comment section, which is only tied to the specific individual blog post you comment on); I can see the "What Do You Think?" section and all the comments in it from *any* blog post. :)
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        I think it is! I don't remember it here before either ;o;
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