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I'm not going to lie to you. High school is tough, but it's a lot easier than you've heard. Now, I know what your saying, "Max, why didn't you write a beginning-of-the-year piece? It's almost the middle of the first quarter?" I just didn't think of it.

Now that we have that cleared up, here's what I have to tell those at the bottom of the food chain (freshmen): Don't be afraid.

I know you hear all these terrible stories about Freshmen Friday, but I'm here to tell you it's not that bad. You might just get some egg in your face. My school didn't even have Freshmen Friday, so it's mostly all hype. Trust me, you will be fine.

I know for myself and a bunch of other upperclassmen, we were all scared when we were freshmen. We thought high school would resemble some bad movie where you get shoved into lockers by the bully with emotional problems that no one understands, deal with annoying teachers and find a group of friends that become your group and you become like brothers all four years. But it's only sort of like that. (Unless your school is like a 1980s film.)

What really happens is that no one will notice you (it's not your fault, you're just new). So make yourself known. Socialize and make friends. That's the key to dealing with high school.

When people say high school is the best part of life, I can say (from experience, seeing that I'm almost done) that it's far from the worst and far from the best.

Here are my reasons why it's not the best:

*It's impossible to escape the drama in high school, but it doesn't make it any less annoying. High school drama is mostly girl-oriented because when guys have drama, we deal with it right away or wait a week and forget about it.

*Getting up in the morning is terrible, and we all know why.

*The food. No matter where you go (unless you go to a school with a fine culinary establishment in which case I envy you with every fiber in my body), high school food is bad.

But to the freshmen I say keep your heads up. It does get better, and if it doesn't, at least you'll have a well-paying job to look forward to since you stayed in school.

Max Fisher is a senior at Leonardo DaVinci High School.