First things first: it will be hard, sometimes fun and (most likely) pretty weird, all at once. But when all is said and done, you'll probably be happy you did it.
We asked readers on Facebook and Twitter to share their best advice for Malden's class of 2017. Some of the best answers are below, but if you have any to add, let the blossoming future leaders of Malden bask in your aged wisdom by writing some thoughtful words in our comment section below.
@eddiefisher: Start thinking about and preparing yourself for college the moment you walk in there.
@emDOANstuh: Enjoy all four years and make as many friends as you can.
Brenda Hughes-Zullo: Get to know everyone, don't just stay in a so-called "clique" Our class of 1994 were very close and I had so many different groups if friends-and to this day we all remained friends!
@smileitssarah: Don't be afraid to join clubs or activities you've never done before, you won't know how much you'll enjoy it unless you try!
Jennifer Stepaniak: You're going to get lost. Don't sweat it, most of us former freshmen did too.
@SarahFrass: Sign up for honors/AP classes. Start thining about college early!
Marco Corrado: Don't slack off. I got lazy and it almost kept me from graduating, but I pulled it together.
@BluePixieMaid: The next few years are going to go by fast, with lots of changes. Participate, make good choices and don't be afraid to ask for adult guidance.
Catherine Lee: Don't fall in love and do your homework.
Amy Isbell Parker: Join everything. You will make all kinds of friends that span all kinds of groups.
Brenda Rufo: Counselors and staff really are there to help. Any issues, speak up, and that includes teacher problems, classmates and social media.
As well as your editor's personal favorite, which addresses one of the biggest lies ever impressed on American youth:
@lhbrokes: Don't sweat it - these are not "the best years of your life."