It may be the middle of June, but I’ve already started planning for high school orientation day. I’ve told my parents I want to spend as much time as possible to walk through the school to learn my schedule, the building and not get lost. This is one way to help me worry about one less thing once the school year begins. I already have some strategies in place to help me survive these next four years of torture.
This isn’t the first time I’ve changed to a bigger school. Junior high was the first time.
Junior high / Middle school can be frightening at first. You may be startled at the new, larger school, or the thought that you might not pass your class. I realized during my junior high years, I adapted some abilities that really helped me throughout that experience. I thought I would give you some tips on how not to die in middle school.
On the first day of school, throughout the whole month, you need to set yourself up for the teachers. You don’t want to make a bad impression of yourself right away. Work hard at the beginning and earn their liking and trust and you’ll be set down the road.
One of the crucial parts of class is learning. Unfortunately, some students decide to use this time and spend class secretly playing on their phone. Don’t turn into one of them. Not only would you waste your class time, but if you get your phone taken away, now you are FORCED to learn, and are grumpy. So keep your phone away in your pocket or backpack.
Not only should you keep your phone away, but when you get assignments in class, which is often, use the time to get it done. If you don’t get it done, it may turn into homework, which takes away from your free time after school at home. If it doesn’t turn into homework, it could force you to work on it the next day. Do your work when it is assigned. It will save you the hassle.
There will be many tests in middle school. All from different subjects. It’s sometimes hard to cram all that information in your head. And that is what studying is for! Study for any upcoming tests so don’t have to worry if you actually take it! (or it isn’t multiple choice!)
If you really take the time to pay attention in class, and work hard on assignments and tests, and not be distracted by anything, the year will really go by fast. It’ll feel like a breeze of wind!
As a student, it is crucial that you learn how to be organized, in any way. Make sure you have things in place and your homework done so you can find everything. No one wants a panic attack in the middle of class, thinking that you forgot your homework at home, or it’s ripped up in your backpack!
Every student gets a locker to put their stuff in. This can be used to your advantage. Put any extra boxes of pencils or pens or dry erase markers in here so they don’t clog up your backpack. It’s also very handy to keep your locker organized too, so it doesn’t look like a tornado just came through it.
One thing I found very helpful during my eighth grade year was that I had two backpacks. I didn’t carry both around at a time, but I kept one in my locker for later. I had one backpack for my morning classes, with half of my stuff in it, and then another backpack for my afternoon classes. This way, I don’t have to worry about my backpack ripping or putting too much weight onto my back (I switched bags after lunch so I didn’t race the clock).
Extra Curricular Activities
Almost every student in school does at least some kind of club or sport. Not only do you get exercise or have this boost your overall happiness, it’s quite fun and entertaining. There are various different choices. Our school offers both individual and team sports as well as clubs ranging from recycling to chess to trap shooting. I would definitely recommend looking into the sports options your school offers as well as the choices of clubs organized by the school.
The Social Life
All students like to dress for the best. Girls try to look the prettiest while boys try to look the hottest (ICK). But in reality, do not do that. It’s not like whoever you date in middle school is going to be your lifetime mate. Dress with the weather, don’t overdo it. Also, along with this, don’t be anyone you’re not. Be yourself, that is who you are, and that alone is beautiful.
These are just some small and simple key tools to making your middle school experience go smoother than you think, and better than it seems. Stay in school, kids!