4 Tips to Help You Actually Enjoy Middle School

This past Wednesday, I started high school. It's been exciting. It's also been a little overwhelming, but I know it's all for the best, which is part of the reason for this post.

Where I live, middle school starts in seventh grade. I came into seventh grade from virtual school in sixth grade, where I had basically stayed at home every day. I still had friends and went out- I wasn't completely cooped up- but my vision of how human relationships should be was a little bit skewed, since most of my exposure to them came from fiction. So I went into seventh grade pretty insecure and unsteady.

It was still a great year which I have warm memories of, but I know that I felt significantly more content and confident as eighth grade progressed. If you're starting middle school and are feeling uncertain or angsty, the following is a short list of what helped me, and hopefully will help you, to enjoy it. The list is centered around this theme:

Get over yourself.

Stop worrying about what other people see.
It's not easy. But when you say to yourself, "who cares?", it's a totally cool feeling. You can do whatever you want.

Do what you love.
If there's something you enjoy, go for it. If there's something you're interested in, go for it. Don't do something solely for attention or because everyone's doing it. That's lame.

Shut your mouth. Listen, really listen.
Again, it's not easy. Once you stop vying for attention, you achieve a lot more positive attention. You don't need to say every stray thought that enters your mind. This is not always relevant- don't bottle up your opinions and revelations and whatever else just because you read it on some kid's blog. You have a voice that should be heard. It's controlling it that makes it really special.

Keep a planner.
This differs from the theme we had going there, but seriously. If there is one thing that makes school easier for me, it's keeping a planner, and I'm kind of guessing that it's not just me. Write down everything you have to get done that day, and keep track of due dates. Check things off once when you complete them, twice when they go in your backpack so you don't have any "I did it but left it at home" moments.

With all this in mind, if you think something is seriously wrong, talk to someone. Angst is normal for a preteen/teenager, but if your angst is going too far, talk to a parent, teacher, friend, etc. Someone you trust.

And if any one of these things sounds stupid to you, it probably is. I'm just a freshman.

This whole post is so nerdy haha.

Which reminds me: If you're going to write fanfiction in class, definitely don't keep it in a big, neon green notebook with the label "HEATHER'S FANFICTION". And definitely don't bring it with you to the powderpuff game during Spirit Week. And definitely don't tell people you're writing self-insert x Legolas fanfiction. If you take nothing else away from this post, take this.

World peace and love,
Heather <3

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