An Open Letter to All Incoming 6th and 7th Graders
Dear incoming 7th Graders,
Yes, I do recognize the feeling. Fear. Stress. I was there once. But I believe that in writing to you this letter, you will come to realize that it is not… so bad.
I hope you have some sense that WestRidge is a very good middle school. Academics, Athletics, Food, etc. So what is there to be scared of? Bad teachers? No. Bad lunch? No. Bullies? No. Teasing? Uh… Maybe. So what is there really to be afraid of. I’m guessing from my experience is new people and no more classes with all your best buddies. That’s OK.
Another stressing point is that you will have more homework. Keeping up with one or two sheets of paper is already enough, but with a entire stack of Spanish, Math, and Science, there’s always one paper that gets lost. Then you get a zero, no matter what excuse you make up. So always keep up with everything the best you can, and have a specific binder or folder for every class.
Maybe there are some cons, but there are definitely some Pros. First off, classes are very fun with lots of labs and days where you can relax. Each person has their own iPad which is used for turning in homework and searching the web. The food is also good with lots of variety and taste.
But one thing you’ll definitely look forward to is Extra Curricular classes! Orchestra, my favorite class period, is a very fun period (full of Asians) where we play our instruments and have movie days, and parties VERY often. You should definitely choose Orchestra for one of your classes. Other classes such as Teen Skills and Student Aid are also great opportunities to learn while having enormous amounts of fun.
I know you WANT to get good grades. But it takes too much work. And doing tons of work is tiring. And – I could rant on and on, but you should listen closely to these next paragraphs. Cause it might, just might, help you understand how some people do get good grades.
Getting bad grades is what most parents find triggering. They get scared for your high school GPA. But you get mad when they tell you about it ALL the time. So your relationship turns dark with your parents. One way that you can get better grades and not start this bad cycle, is to always set your goals high and your mind straight. Your goal is to finish two weeks of work, instead of one. Believe it or not, you’ll find that when you’re coming home Thursday on a typical Thursday, you’ll find when you don’t have any homework, but to read a book, and memorize some flash cards!
A even better tip is to finish most of your work in class and always being on task. Playing Deeeep.io or reading an Anime book will get you NOWHERE… except… oh, never mind. I really hope this letter made you realize how easy school can be. And maybe even how it can be fun.
One more last minute tip! Making new friends and having a good sense of humor will definitely move you up a league. You’ll become more popular and people will see your inner character and come to like who you are.
See, Middle School might not be the worst nightmare. In fact it could be the favorite few years of your life time!
Best of Luck,