• Make goals for yourself. It helps to write them down.
    • Remember that grades are important, even your freshman year. If you’re not getting the grades you want, set goals to improve.
    • It’s okay if you don’t know yet what you want to do with your future, but begin exploring your interests and options.
    • Plan to go to college or get technical training after high school. Talk to your high school counselor and parents to learn which classes you should be taking and how to pay for your higher education.
    • Be willing to sacrifice for your education, but don’t forget to take time for fun.

    Friends and social development are an important part of the high school experience for teens. High school can be socially and emotionally challenging, so here are some things that can help teens:

    • Find friends who encourage you to be and do your best. Avoid hanging out with people who use drugs or engage in other risky activities.
    • Get involved in one or two extracurricular activities, such as sports, music, or clubs. This will help you develop new skills, make friends, and get experience that looks good on resumes and college applications.
    • Never let anyone pressure you into something you don’t want to do; a person who does that doesn’t really care about you, and you can find people who will treat you better.
    • Never date someone who hurts or threatens you or anyone else, or puts you down in private or public.
    • If you feel depressed, angry, or suicidal, or have an eating disorder, talk right away to an adult who will listen and help you get treatment so you can feel better.

    High school is a time for teens to develop good health habits. These tips will help keep teens healthy and safe: