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Unhappy Having a hard time getting around high school :( - August 15th 2012, 01:08 AM

Since I started Freshman year yesterday, today was my second day of high school. I have the worst location memory ever so I have a hard time finding where classes are located. Yesterday I got lost trying to find each class and today I got lost finding some of my farther away classes. There are 5 minutes to get from class to class and most of my classes are basically all in different buildings. My Algebra, Spanish, and English class are in the same floor and building except...I have such a hard time figuring where to turn and where to go. My classes are labeled based on the color of the carpet. So for example, Algebra is R# so the R stands for the Red carpet so the class is on the red carpet while the # stands for the class number. There are so many classes on that floor and I have such a hard time figuring out where to turn and where to go. Then my last period is English and it's B# so it's on a blue carpet. While my Spanish class is also R#. There are certain color stairs on the Second floor where the cafeteria is while the first floor is where the classes with Blue, Green, and Red carpet is. The stairs are named with a sign at the top like "Blue Stairs", "Red Stairs", etc. The stairs labeled color is based on the carpet that will appear when we get downstairs. Like Red stairs would lead to the red carpet. I also had a hard time trying to find the stairs. The map they gave us of the school didn't help either. It was all jumbled up and wasn't even labeled good. I don't know where to turn or go when I leave the cafeteria to find the green, red, or blue stairs. People say to remember the little green, blue, or red rectangle wood on the walls but that is even hard to distinguish where I'm going or where I am. I was late to English today and the teacher told me that this would be the last day I'm able to be late since it doesn't take 3 days to figure out where the classes are. Except it does for me since I can't figure out the way around. PE is first period for me and the gym is so far away from my second period, Piano. I can't even draw out my own map...I'm too confused . The only places I remember the location of is the Gym, Cafeteria, Piano class, and Counselors office. Any help?? I'm really desperate for a way to remember the way to classes. Please someone answer before tomorrow...
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Re: Having a hard time getting around high school :( - August 15th 2012, 04:42 AM

I was the EXACT same way, and I wish my hallways had been color coded! There is nothing wrong with asking for directions, but make sure you do it before the bell rings because then the halls are empty and you're on your own. I hated when teachers started threatening detentions and so fourth for lateness after 2 days! They didn't enforce it though, threats of punishment are NOT what you need. It took me WEEKS to find my spanish class. I know this probably won't help now, but you WILL eventually figure it out. The rooms can probably be found in 5 minutes if you know where you're going and you run, I know it's a pain, but you'll get the hang of it.

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Re: Having a hard time getting around high school :( - August 16th 2012, 02:52 AM

Don't know where you are? Ask a teacher.
It gets better after a while. My high school is so large that it took close to two weeks just for me to be able to have a general sense of direction. We had no color coding or signs to let us know what floor is which. There were two buildings, with three floors each. One building was a giant square, and the other was a confusing weird shape. We had 4 minutes to get from class to class, and it took about 4 minutes to one side of that square to the other my first few months.. So imagine going to the other building.
It gets easier. I promise. By the time a month or two passed, I was able to get to every class on time and know my schedule by heart (not by room #'s, but by location from walking there every day). By the time I was a sophomore, I could get from one side of the campus to the other in 3 minutes flat.. which took freshman well over 6 minutes.

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Re: Having a hard time getting around high school :( - August 16th 2012, 07:20 AM

I had slight issues with finding my way around also! The school I go to has buildings. We have A, B, C (the office), D, E, F, and then the portables. Most people at the school don't even know where the A building is. And the way it's organized it A & B are on the left; then D, E, & F are on the right... and go in order. And the only way to know what building you're "in" (it's all outdoors, we have no hallways) is to look at the room numbers and they'll say the letter and then the number.

So, look at the room numbers! Do they say "R#"!? That could be a lot of use for you, at least you know if you're in the right building or not. Look at the map that the school gave you. I know you said that it confused you and it was labeled incorrectly... so relabel it. Label what you know and go from there. So if you know that the office is, label it, then tomorrow when you pass by the building next to it find out which building it is and label it. Or, you can always ask your teachers. I'm sure they understand, and can help you draw out your own map or can give you directions where to go.

I hope you found/find your way around the school!
It will get easier as you get used to walking to class.
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Re: Having a hard time getting around high school :( - August 16th 2012, 01:33 PM

^^Sounds creepily similar to my school layout...
Anyway, I think it's pretty harsh of the teachers to be telling you off for being late after such a short amount of time, especially when there's so many new things to get used to in secondary school. People in mine were still getting lost after two-three weeks, and it's not even that big!!
That does sound a bit confusing to be honest - but like the others said, if you're lost, just ask someone, people will always be willing to help a freshman. Can you maybe take some time in your spare time ~ after school or at break time or before classes to go around by yourself a little and try and familiarise yourself with the place?? Then you'll get to know it faster and it'll help with finding your way a lot. (:
Best of luck, but don't worry - in two months time you'll have forgotten what it was like not to know your way around!!x

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