Advice to Future 7th Graders

7th grade is probably the most difficult grade of middle school and possibly one of the most awkward, so it is my job as a 7th grade survivor to share some wise words that might just help the future 7th graders get through the school year.

  • Don’t stress over homework- I’ve had a lot of experience with this issue many times throughout the school year. Some of which even led to me getting so over stressed that I cry and just fall asleep right there. My advice is that if a teacher assigns you too much homework in such little time, try to make the most out of wildcat time, but if you find yourself at 11:00 p.m. almost falling asleep onto your homework, just go to bed and try your best to finish it in the morning. Your mind and your body being healthy is much more important than some math packet.
  • Don’t worry about the small things- I’ve already wasted so much time of my year worrying about the most unimportant things in my day like what to wear, how I should fix my hair, if my eyebrows look weird or not, etc. So, just don’t waste your time. It’s not worth it.
  • It doesn’t matter if you fit in or not- During 6th grade and at the beginning of 7th, fitting in took up a lot of space in my mind. I noticed that if you’re always struggling to fit in, you forget to add a bit of fun into your school year. If you aren’t always worried about what people think of you or how many friends you have then that gives you more time to really experience your 2nd year of middle school while you can because, trust me, it goes by way too fast. I suggest that you find more people you are comfortable with, enjoy to be around, and just have fun with them instead of pretending in order to “fit in”.

These may be just a few tips, but these will most likely help you have a great time and make it through the school year. Although these tips may make 7th grade sound worse than it really is, you will definitely have a blast and, sadly, before you know it, you’ll be heading to high school already, so enjoy it while you can.

Upcoming Six Flags Trip

This Friday, I am taking my first trip to Six Flags with my choir group for a school field trip. Although an opportunity like this is extremely exciting, I am filled with both joy and anxiety about this trip. Most of my body is filled with pure enthusiasm, but there is one little piece of nervousness underneath all of it.

I’m not exactly sure why I am even a little bit nervous about this trip considering the fact that I have ridden many roller coasters before this trip was mentioned and one of those roller coasters I rode twice. Okay, I am aware that I did chicken out at the Disney World Animal Kingdom ride, Mount Everest, but I am almost certain I can make it through this, but, now that I think about it, I felt the same way about the Disney ride before I actually got there.

I might have more doubt than what I say I have, but I know that, one way or another, I am going to have an amazing time at Six Flags. All I can do now is keep my fingers crossed I don’t change my mind on riding roller coasters right as we pull into the parking lot. Wish me luck!

The Giver: Color

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Color. It makes our lives a little more exciting each day. What color clothes we are going to wear, what color pen to use in class, or what color car to buy when we are older. Without color, we wouldn’t have as many choices. Life without color would be dull and boring.

Color doesn’t just provide great choices, but it also provides different emotions and feelings for each color. For instance, if something is dark and gray, it might not make you feel as cheerful as a rainbow of tons of bright colors. In Louis Lowry’ book, The Giver, all of these choices and emotions are lost for the citizens. They’ve lost their sight for color and everything they see is black, white, and pretty uneventful. Without the color we see everyday, they don’t have the emotions and choices we experience.

I’m sure if everyone had a choice to live a world with or without color, just about every person would choose to live with color. When looking at the above pictures, it’s obvious which world would be more exciting and happier. Colors bring up many different things and opportunities in our life and without them, we definitely would have many downs instead of ups everyday.

 

 

STAAR Testing

The STAAR test; four strait hours of testing and boredom. I’m sure every student in school has worried or stressed out about the STAAR test at least one time throughout the school year.

I know I have done well on all the STAAR tests from the past, but each year, no matter what, I always get worried about how this year’s test is going to turn out like. I’ve been told by parents and other teachers that the STAAR test focuses on how well my own teacher has taught me and don’t stress about it, but I can’t help thinking that I’m either going to fail or get a horrible grade.

To make things even worse, I usually can’t get any sleep the night before testing because of all the stress filling my body. I understand I should put a bigger effort to relax my mind and body with like deep breathing, except I can never find the time for it because of studying, after school activities, etc. STAAR testing is definitely my least favorite time of the school year.

Many different people like or dislike the STAAR test for many different reasons, but once the STAAR test comes around for me, I can only think of bad things no matter how hard I try. The closest I can get to a good thing would either be the food or the sleeping after. Think about it, what good things can come from STAAR?

Why Summer is the Best

A break from school, warmer weather, hanging out with friends– these are just a few reasons why summer is the best.

The endless homework, stressful tests, and angry teachers are all put to an end when summer comes around. There’s no more waking up at 7:00 a.m., or staying up late studying for that big test. Not only do you get more sleep, but you even get more freedom from all those teachers bossing you around. You finally get the three months of pure rest you’ve been waiting for the whole school year.

Summer also offers so many new opportunities to try new things, meet new people, and find new places. Summer camps are great places to experience these things. Sports camps, art camps, wake boarding camps–there are so many to sign up for and each one offers something different. Summer camps are definitely not the only option. Even just traveling to the simplest places offer all of these. Even just staying in your own city will do. All of these options could even find you a new goal or a life long hobby!

One personal reason for me to love summer the endless lake days. Spending time with your best friends, the hot sun on your face, and the music flowing into your ears. What could be better? Most of my summer days consist of waking up around 8:00 and hopping right onto the boat. When on the boat, the possibilities are endless. You could wake-surf, wakeboard, knee board, ski, or even just stay in the boat and enjoy the nice weather.

I can’t think of any reasons why summer wouldn’t be the best time of the year. Although some of these reasons aren’t for everyone, I think summer wouldn’t be the best season without them.

Is It Okay to Break Rules?

Everyone has broken a rule at some point. Breaking rules is certainly not a good thing, but sometimes, depending on the situation, you must break a rule for what is right.

During the Civil Rights Movement, many people of different races broke rules that were unfair. For example, when Rosa Parks was riding the bus, a white man told her to give up her seat to him, but she didn’t give it up. Although Rosa Parks did get arrested, she brought attention to this rule and accomplished it without violence. This law was unfair and the out come of breaking it was positive.

Not all rules are broken because something is unfair or wrong, but breaking certain rules can lead to something unique and creative. When writing a book or a poem, you can break the usual grammar rules. For instance, if a writer is trying to portray a character with spelling or writing errors, its okay to break those rules.

Although breaking some rules can lead to something great, breaking other rules may not turn out so well. If a rule is fair and gives off a positive effect, there is no reason to break it. So, if a rule is ‘Do not crash a car into a restaurant’, there shouldn’t be any reason for you to crash your car into a restaurant because, first of all, there is nothing negative about that rule and, second, you shouldn’t break a rule with violence.

There are times when rules deserve to be broken and times when they don’t, but, depending on the situation, it can be okay to break some rules.

Why Students Shouldn’t Have Homework

An essay, a science packet, a double-sided math worksheet, and a social studies Keynote all due tomorrow. Every student has come across the dreadful, everyday problem known as homework, but wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t have any?

Students need more time for afterschool activities, spending time with family, and just taking a break from a busy day of school, but when they have about 100 worksheets of homework to complete, they don’t have time for all of those activities.  For example, I have to leave every morning around eight and, sometimes, don’t even have time to say goodbye to my parents. I stay at school for about eight hours and come home with a ton of homework due the next day. I spend most of the afternoon cooped up in my room completing the homework and only have about three hours to have dinner, hang out with my family, and go to bed. However, I do understand that homework helps to make sure the students don’t forget or loose focus of their school lessons, but is 8 hours of school every weekday not enough?

Not only do students not have very much time to do other activities because of homework, but they get way too much of it. When I come home, I usually have at least one sheet of homework for every subject. Some subjects are harder than others, so it takes me about an hour or so to finish, depending on the homework. Homework times are different for everyone, but the part of my afternoon that I look forward to the least is finishing all of my homework.

Most of my week consists of after school activities, so I usually get home pretty late and have to do my homework at the last second and end up staying up late just finishing homework. I constantly am waking up late in the morning or waking up exhausted because I went to bed late. I’ve heard this problem coming from my friends also many different times. So, not only is homework taking time away from after school activities, but, also, taking time away from stress-free sleep.

I think that it’s okay for students to have some homework, but just not too much. Although there are many reasons to have homework, this is just my opinion. Just think of how many students would be happier, more energized, and even healthier.

People Wear Masks in Different Ways

People may mask themselves with a plastic face, or people may mask what they’re really feeling on the inside with an opposite facial expression on the outside. People wear masks in many different ways.

When people put on a literal mask, it’s to disguise themselves from others. During Halloween, people pretend to be people they are not with costumes and masks. One year for Halloween, I wore a gorilla mask to hide my face and be something I’m not. When wearing a real mask, it can be entertaining to disguise yourself for a while.

Although certain masks are fun and joyful to wear, other masks come with a deeper meaning. Sometimes, masks can be figurative. People will put a fake emotion in their face to hide what they’re really feeling. For example, when someone is angry, or feeling down, they might try to conceal those feelings from others by putting on a smile or acting calm. Sometimes, I start feeling sad and try to hide that feeling from my friends by laughing and making jokes. Hiding what you feel on the inside form others is more difficult and harder to take off compared to disguising yourself behind a costume mask.

People wear masks in many different ways and everyone has worn their own at some point. Even though there are masks that are put on for fun, don’t be afraid to talk with people and share who you truly are or what your actually feeling.

Almond Fruit Bars

On Thursday, after school, I felt the sudden urge to bake, so I went online and searched for some new dessert recipes to try out. While searching, I came across some Almond Fruit Bars. They looked so delicious and I decided to try them out.

I wrote down all of the ingredients I needed, set them out, and began to mix them together. After I finished mixing the flour mixture, I started mixing the butter and sugars. This part was a little more difficult since the butter kept sticking to the electric mixer. I added the egg yolk and, eventually, the flour mix. I started to worry if I messed the recipe up as I gradually mixed the flour in because of how dry and separated they became. It started to look like big chunks of sand in a bowl. I continued to mix everything in and hoped for the best.

Once the dough was done, I got out the jam and started to whisk it. Then, I took the crumbled dough and started pressing half of it into the bottom of the pan. After that was done, I spread the jam on top of it, avoiding the edges. As I was spreading the jam onto the dough, it kept sticking to the crumbles and made it look like a mess. I proceeded to attempt to fix it by just finishing the recipe and try to figure out what I did wrong.

I sprinkled the rest of the sandy dough on the jam layer and, once the dough was thick enough, the recipe said to push it down into the pan. I felt to gooey jam slowly break through the top layer of dough and reach my fingers. Gross.

At this point of baking, I had almost given up. I placed the baking pan into the oven and waited 25 minutes for them to cook.

I could smell the amazing cinnamon aroma fill the kitchen. I opened the oven and peaked inside. They looked so perfect! I took them out and waited for them to cool.

The fruit bars tasted amazing and I was so happy I didn’t toss them out while making them. I was so proud of myself and what I had made!

My Guinea Pig, Percy

My most favorite guinea pig ever is Percy (A.K.A. The World’s Most Manly Guinea Pig). He may have a destructive past, but I can’t stop loving him.

Killed off two guinea pigs…

Survived against a Bulldog…

And befriended a cat and 3 labs…

I swear this guinea pig has done it all.

Currently, Percy lives with 5 bunnies in our side yard. He used to live with 2 other guinea pigs inside of the house, but that wasn’t the best choice for a guinea pig like him.

We learned that Percy wasn’t a very good roommate for other guinea pigs when he decided to get in a fight with both of the other guinea pigs inside of the cage. This fight between these three guinea pigs resulted with two injured. Percy gave both of the other guinea pigs bite wounds which, sadly, soon became infected and were too much for the guinea pigs to handle. I did love those guinea pigs very much, but I learned to forgive Percy.

Percy is not only very hostile, but he is also extremely tough.

Over the summer, while my sister was in town, she had one of her friends over to sleepover. Her friend is definitely a dog lover, so she didn’t leave home without her dog, Chubbs. Chubbs is a very playful and adorable bulldog who loves to meet new people. Unfortunately, while Chubbs was staying the night, someone forgot to close the doggy door that opens into the side yard that Percy and two other bunnies were staying in. Of course, Chubbs got out into the yard and did what all other bulldogs would’ve done; attack the smaller animals. So, the next morning I went outside to feed Percy and the bunnies but, instead, found only Percy. We still haven’t found out where Chubbs had taken the two bunnies and how Percy survived even when he is much slower than the rabbits. After this incident, we eventually bought five new bunnies for Percy to bond with.

Not only does Percy have five other rabbits to chill out with, but we also own three labs and a cat. During his many indoor visits, Percy formed a relationship with these other animals. Now whenever I decide to bring Percy inside when it’s too hot or cold, I can let him freely roam the house without worry. The only downside to this? Cleaning up after his bathroom breaks.

So now I’ve told you what his past was like, but what could the future hold…

 

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