“Confessions: What It Really Feels Like Being Labeled Gifted and Talented Since Kindergarten” Series – Part 2 of 5 “Middle School” (2 min read)

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!

Love,

Trisha

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s