Walking through MHS as a freshman or a new student can be overwhelming. The Bull knows this and is here is to save the day with some of the best advice from your fellow students that will help you navigate the organized chaos that exists at Montclair High.
“Prior planning prevents piss-poor performance” – anonymous
“I would say overall, don’t stress. If you take all of your work one step at a time, do things that are interesting to you and make sure you have room for fun in between writing an essay and studying math; you’ll be fine.” – Jake Ephros, Senior
“Be friendly, get to know as many people as possible and stay away from drama!” – Julia Sprung, Junior
“Really utilize the Club Fair (I think it’s in October). There’s always something new to check out and everyone who comes to the fair is really dedicated to promoting their clubs, so they’ll answer any specific questions you have.” – Izzy Levy, Senior
“Try to join as many clubs as possible, it will help you make new friends and way down the road it’ll help you with college applications. Don’t slack off freshman year; it only gets more difficult.” – Steven DeSalvo, Senior
“It’s okay to sign up for a ton of clubs at the beginning because you don’t have to do them all. Just find one or two that you really are passionate about, because the extra commitment will be worth while. Freshman year flies by and the years after only get harder, so have fun!” – Allie Duchin, Senior
“Use your planner to schedule everything and write down days when you have games or after school activities. That makes it much easier to remember!” – Beth Connors, Junior
“Time management is key! Having your priorities in order and accomplishing what is expected of you is only possible if you use your time wisely. As a freshman it’s so easy to get lost in the midst of high school and all the pressures that come with it. It’s important to keep in your mind that you are there for a reason and not having a hold on time can screw you up. I hope you enjoy your first year of high school – make it a positive experience!” – Ayanda Thusi, Junior
“Don’t be scared of coming to the high school! Manage your time well with school work, sports, and free time. Getting your school work out-of-the-way ahead of time definitely helps and takes off a lot of stress. And of course, don’t be afraid of the upperclassmen; we’re here to help!” – KC Kaicher, Senior
“Really take the time and make the effort to do your best freshman year, especially the first semester, because the work quickly becomes more challenging.” – Natalie Grande, Senior
“Try to stop habits of procrastination. If I had mastered that sooner, I would have had a much easier time managing the balance between sports, clubs and schoolwork.” – Audrey Hertzberg, Junior
My own two cents worth is that you should definitely take the most challenging courses that you can realistically handle, but keep in mind that it’s better to get an “A” in an honors class (4.5) than to kill yourself for a “C” in a high honors/AP class (3.0). GPA matters! Remember to have fun too!