Survival Guide to Middle School

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Middle school is a part of life full of new experiences. During these three years teachers will expect more from their students, new relationships will be started, and kids will grow, mentally and physically. Here are a few tips to make school a little easier.

Staying organized is essential during the next couple of years. Students who keep their binders neat make a much better impression on teachers/classmates than if their papers are disorganized and falling out of the sides. Working long and hard on a project, yet getting a bad grade because of lost papers, looks unprofessional and would be easy to prevent by keeping organized. From future jobs, to high school assignments, organization is something that will not only be important in middle school, but throughout the rest of life.

Keeping with the theme of organization, being prepared is also very important. Asking for a pencil is one question everyone, especially teachers, will dread. How can someone walk into class without the one thing they need daily? In addition, after the first couple of weeks, many teachers will not let students go to their lockers to get binders, paper, etc., so making a habit of being prepared now will help tremendously in the future.

Everyone has had those late night cram sessions where they are stuck wondering why they didn’t study ahead of time. Everyone’s been there, so why not take this advice and study before the last minute? Procrastination may get the job done, but at 3:00 A.M., no one (unless they have some sort of superhuman power) can give 100%. Don’t regret turning in a paper that’s barely completed, when it could have been started a little (or a lot) earlier.

Although education is a big part of middle school, it is also a time where new people will be everywhere. Open-mindedness is a trait everyone should want to have. Going into a situation with an already established mindset is almost as bad as forgetting your pencil in class. Try to meet as many people as possible. It is impossible to know when friends might be lost, and no one wants to be left without anyone to turn to if that happens. Many people may seem a lot different on the outside than they really are on the inside. Never judge a book by its cover. This doesn’t just apply to students, though. It also applies to teachers, classes, and trying new things.

Drama, every middle school has it. Stay out of it! This is one of the most important things to remember. Drama can lead to loss of friends, bad reputation, and many other negative things. No one wants to look back and think, “wow that argument was so stupid, what was I thinking?” So find some good friends that will remain loyal through the sometimes unavoidable drama, that will give unconditional love, and that will never pressure their friends to do things they are uncomfortable with.

Don’t always follow the crowd. That doesn’t mean never follow the new trends or buy the “in style” clothing, rather it means don’t follow the trends solely to try and fit in. Any “friend” that would only like someone if they are following specific guidelines is not truly a friend. Embrace uniqueness, dress in whatever is comfortable to you, even if it isn’t always “in style”.

Sometimes kids just need to take a deep breath and relax. Middle school can be tough and everyone needs to take a chill pill once in a while. School may seem like the most important thing in the world right now, but it’s very unlikely that anyone later in life will care if someone got a bad grade in seventh grade science. Some students may have to take extra measures to stay calm, such as yoga or listening to music. Whatever it is, realize that there are more important things in life than what goes on in middle school.

All of the things that come within these three years may be awesome or awful. Try to always keep a positive mood and make the best of every situation. Hopefully everyone has learned from the classes they have taken, and the choices they have made in the infamous Middle School, and will be able to apply these experiences to their next few years in school.

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Survival Guide to Middle School