Whether you’re still in elementary school or you’ll be in middle school next year, you might be somewhat nervous about what to expect when you get to middle school! When you ask family members about their middle school experience, you’ll probably get many different answers. That’s because one person’s experience in middle school will be different than that of the next person you ask. Everyone will encounter something different. Some will say that middle school was their favorite time of their life and others will not even remember their middle school years.
As a fifth grader who will walk off into the sunset of their fifth grade year, you will have many memories of elementary school. Hopefully, you’ll be able to look back at special memories you have of you and friends in class. As you look towards your sixth grade year, some of you will feel a sense of longing (wishing you could go back to fifth grade) and you may even feel scared about starting something so different. It’s okay to feel all of these emotions, as feeling in the heart is a part of life. However, you should know that sixth grade isn’t all that scary when you finally get there.
On your first day of school, you may feel as if your world is turning upside down. By then, you’ll see so many new faces and friends, and you’ll wonder where is your own group of friends who rode the bus with you every morning to school or carpooled home with you every afternoon. You might feel overwhelmed at the new teachers, the amount of homework, or the different school-wide rules. Relax, don’t fret. Trust that everything will turn out okay because it will. As time passes, you’ll realize that school isn’t that bad. Those new faces will become some of your closest friends and some of those new teachers will become your favorite ones.
Many of you may have heard the rumors of the endless amount of homework you may get once you reach middle school. You can rest easily knowing that you won’t receive all of the homework in the world on the first day of school. Your teachers will know the amount of homework you used to finish each day because (most likely) they will have spoken with your past teachers. They will take the time to ease you into the new ideas and homework you’ll get. You will become adjusted over time, and homework won’t feel like a major disaster that has to be tackled at the end of each long school day.
You will learn to have fun in middle school! As you grow older, your interests will change, what you like and don’t like may change, and some of your friends may change. That’s okay, this is all a part of growing up. When it comes to starting off in middle school, there is one key piece of advice that you need to consider with everything. It’s something that you can practice saying to yourself each day: Whether things are different or the same today, I am still me and the future is an adventure. It is nothing to be afraid of, but it is something to embrace like a large hug at the end of a long journey. When all is said and done, I can learn a lot and still have fun!