Starting middle school can be an exciting time, but also comes with a lot of uncertainty. Handling everything middle school throws at you is rough, but not impossible! Here are a few tips to help with surviving middle school when times get tough:
Steering Clear of Drama
Middle school can bring a lot of drama between friends and other not-so-friendly classmates. While it can be easy to fall into the drama, it’s better to try your best to just stay away from it! Gladys, 16, advises, “Staying out of drama is the best thing to know [in order] to survive middle school. Try to find who your true friends are in order to avoid gossip and rumors.” Finding a group of friends you can trust and who don’t bring constant drama into your life, and making sure you aren’t adding to the spread of gossip and rumors, will make your middle school years much smoother and more enjoyable!
Surround Yourself with Good Friends
Switching to different class periods throughout the day in middle school means constantly being mixed around with different people. All these new faces can be scary, but Hope, 14, suggests, “A way to survive middle school is to make at least one friend on the first day of school, after that make friends with one teacher. If you make an enemy try your best to stay away from [him/her].” Making the effort to be friendly to your classmates and teachers, and staying away from those who aren’t so nice to you, can help you create a supportive and happy group of friends to surround yourself by.
Getting Caught Up in the Social Life
While middle school is a time to make new friends and have fun, it’s easy to get caught up in the social life of school. Just remember that the social scene is not everything! Middle school can also be a great time to learn and grow in the classroom, and to find things that interest you! Cristina, 16, says her “…tips to survive middle school are to follow your heart and to not get carried away by the bad. Just work hard, get god grades and make memories.” Keeping a balance between school and friends is something that will help you now, in high school, and even college!
Staying True to YOU
This is a time when everyone is growing up and finding their way, and many students come across things that may not be healthy or feel right to them. Going with what you believe is the path for you can sometimes be against what most other classmates think is “cool.” Peer pressure can sometimes make students do what they feel isn’t the best road to take. Justine, 15, says, “during your middle school years, you are going to be introduced to new things that are good and bad. You get to realize who your true friends are; just stay focused on getting through those rough years and stay true to what you know and believe in.” Staying true to your heart and what you think is right, despite what all the others are doing, will help you be happier with yourself and your choices.
Middle school is a fantastic time to learn more about yourself, so be adventurous, take an elective in something you’ve always wanted to try, join a sport, and find what interests you! The challenges of middle school life will be there, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to handle them and be successful while doing it. Use these tips, advice from family and peers, and your heart to guide you along the way, and enjoy these wonderful middle school years!