How Can I find My Way as a New Senior at PHS?


John Tuttle, PaperClip Staff/Writer

Being a new student after three years at another school is quite the change. Being used to a smaller school, then coming to Portsmouth, which has nearly more than twice as many people than my previous school, has been a change. Building size was also a huge change. Luckily, all of my classes have been on one wing of the building on the same floor. Another fear when changing so late into a high school  education is finding the right friend group. Fortunately, I knew a handful of kids at Portsmouth through athletics.

With that being said, I have met some nice individuals as well. In classes, I have sat next to some people that have been kind and helped me realize the teacher’s expectations in my classes. I am not a very outgoing person, so having kids reach out and help myself become more adjusted to the changes from a private to public school has been beneficial. It truly is an awkward time to transfer in the middle of your senior year. However, if you are open to change and make the most out of it, you will turn out fine.

Here are some helpful tips for transferring high schools from Sara Harberson, an author that gives out advice to prospective college students:

  1. Be willing to share your story
  2. Get involved in extracurricular activities
  3. Reach out to the guidance counselor
  4. Talk to peers in your classes