Middle School

I'll be starting middle school soon. I'm excited, but I'm also a bit nervous because of time committment, homework, and all the usuals. Got any advice?

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  • Hi!
    I started middle school last year and was absolutely terrified.

    Tips:
    - On the first day, be you. Everyone says 'act nice', and you should, but don't act like someone else.
    -Everyone is new, just like you, so everyone wants to make friends.
    -If you are uncomfortable with your friends for over a month, SWITCH FRIEND GROUPS!
    -6th doesn't actually have much more homework than 5th grade. Some teachers will be harder on you, some will be easy. Just take note of their behaviors on the first day so you are aware of their strictness.
    -LOCKERS. I was horrified that I would be locked out of my locker. Trust me: you will memorize your code by the second week of school. And if you mess up or can't get in ask a teacher or the office for help.
    -Switching classes: You will have at least 3 minutes between classes. Don't get distracted and just walk to the next door and then you can hang with friends while waiting to start class.
    -Keep an emergency kit. Don't go crazy with what you bring, but here's a couple necessities I like to keep with me:
    - 2+ pads
    - 3+ pantiliners
    - 1 extra pair of undies
    - mini deodorant
    - portable phone charger and USB
    - mini floss
    -lip balm
    -mini hairbrush
    -one scrunchie

    - Keep a routine with your locker. For example: Get the notebooks and things you need for the periods before lunch (from your locker) in the morning when you get to school, and get the things you need for after lunch at lunch, then get the notebooks you need for homework before you leave school. Make up your own or use mine.
    - keep your notes organized. It'll make homework easier.
    -When you get home, grab a snack and drink and just get your homework done.
    Here's a few videos that helped me feel better:
    youtube.com/watch?v=uhx2VjiSIDs&t=9s
    youtube.com/watch?v=2kMGCblDz1Y
    youtube.com/watch?v=Ddx6ByxWLEU

    Good luck and have fun!
    • Thank you infinitely for this! My older sister has been sparse on advice, but this is the level of thoroughness that I need.

      I’m definitely gonna use a lot of this, but some of it I’m gonna edit to myself (as I assume was the intention of the post).

      Do you have any experience with toxic relationships or do you know of a board where I could ask about this? (I’m asking on this board as it’s going to be immediately pertinent - as in first day of school at the LATEST - to my middle school experience. It started becoming clear at the end of fifth grade and I still have zero idea what I’m going to do)
    • This is good advice!! :)
  • Honestly, it’s not much different
  • I'm going into middle school too.
  • Brace yourself
  • I get it, teachers (at least my teachers were) fairly accepting of homework in the first few weeks. For time commitment just put a lot of thought into what clubs and after school activities you will be doing. If it seems like too much you can stop. In general (at least in my case) it's not that hard. For me there was definitely more homework, but I got used to it. Good luck!
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