Dear Middle Schoolers,
You are about to walk through the double-doors of what you think will be a bigger, better version of your elementary school. You are in a place where the sound of a bell will dictate your every move and action, yet still the most hectic place you will ever be in.
In other words, you’re in middle school. And it’s nothing like elementary.
You’ll be bombarded with homework, class work, trying to juggle all your papers around along with all the school supplies your teachers made you buy. You’ll remember your locker combo, forget it over break, pull your hair out because you also forgot your gym locker. You’ll carry your schedule around as you walk down the halls, hustling from point A to B so you won’t be tardy; You wonder how the heck one is supposed to get from their locker to science class on time, only to figure out that there is a shortcut that no one has bothered to show you.
But over time, you’ll get the hang of it. You’ll be fine, well, you’ll survive anyways.
Ask for help. Ask teachers, who know what it is like being here. Ask older kids, who have more experience than you. Listen to their advice. And remember it. No one likes repeating something because you forgot it. By next year, you will know this place like the back of your hand.
Keep a clean reputation. People gossip in middle school. Even teachers. If everyone knows that you are a “bad” kid, then life is going to get tough for you real quick. Adults will start keeping a closer eye on you, students will talk about you behind your back, your teachers will start warning the 7th and 8th grade teachers about your behavior. You won’t get a clean slate. So be the good kid. Show up to class on time, listen to what the teacher is saying, and stay out of trouble. Without a target on your back, you’ll breeze through middle school.
Don’t think of this place as torture; think of it as a place to get stronger. Who knows?
You might end up loving it.