Hello, again! Hope you’re doing well! If you’re reading this, thank you for your time. I really appreciate it!
So in “Elementary,” I briefly recorded experiences of students labeled gifted and talented since kindergarten based on personal experiences of my own and others. I ended the last bullet as a transition to today’s topic, “Middle School.”
How was middle school, probably one of the most transformational years physically and mentally growing up, like for a GT student?
Part 2 of 5: Middle School
- You stand out like a sore thumb. Whether you’re really knowledgeable, funny, or unusual in how you look or act.
- Thinking about college and what to be when you grow up more seriously
- Special perks: being the only ones using the new laptops in class, creative projects and assignments
- More opportunities to get ahead academically: science/tech camps, taking more advanced classes
- You develop your interests/hobbies more seriously
- You and your friends call yourselves or admit inwardly you are geeks or nerds
- You participate in more academic/music/sports competitions
- You’ve thought about home-schooling or independent study
- Self-esteem/confidence/depression issues
- In some cases, summer before high school, you’re mentally more like a college student in an awkward teenager body
To be honest, I don’t know anyone who had an amazing middle school experience whether they were in GT or not. Personally, I’m thankful for my middle school years to a great extent because even though I may have attended an older, lower-income middle school compared with other schools in the area, I developed long-lasting friendships and my time in middle school sparked the fire to take charge of my own education.
But would I want to relive those 3 years again? Heck no! Haha.
Come back for Part 3: High School next week!
Wishing you the best in everything you do!