“Confessions: What It Really Feels Like Being Labeled Gifted and Talented Since Kindergarten” Series – Part 3 of 5 “High School” (2 min read)

Hey, Everyone! Hope you’re having a great week so far! If you’re reading this, thank you for your time and interest.

Similar to the previous posts, this week’s reflections of high school are based on my own experiences and observations of my classmates who were labeled gifted and talented since kindergarten.

My intention of these series is to start a conversation about what gifted and talented really means, if there is any meaning or value at all. Some of my friends who were in the GT program call it “Gifted Trash,” so even the disdain and awareness is apparent when you are in the program or not. And others truly believe there is such a thing as a “gifted” or “talented” child. What do you think?

Without further ado, this is what it felt like to be in high school for some GT students.

Part 3 of 5: High School

  • Picking the high schools: Magnet schools, including schools offering Pr-AP/AP/IB/College credit were the standard. It was nice meeting homeschooled students for the first time.
  • Most likely you’re surrounded by kids of professionals or very supportive parents/guardians
  • There’s a lot of diversity in race, religion, and lifestyle
  • Some students just want to get into an Ivy League school or prestigious school (Harvard, Princeton, MIT, Stanford, etc.)
  • A lot of us aspired to be doctors, lawyers, or engineers or other conventional career
  • Hanging out with friends a lot (group projects, volunteering, talent shows, dances/prom, movies, eating out, parties, etc.)
  • Teenager craziness of growing up: angst, drama, dating, family problems, and choosing priorities (school, sports, socializing, and/or working)
  • Some were overachievers, others were not
  • Most decided to go to college

As you can tell, GT elementary students went in different directions in high school, just like any other student. Most of us experienced similar joys and struggles in adolescence.

Come back for Parts 4 & 5: College and Beyond! Where are those 1st Grade GT kids now?

Thank you and God bless!

Love,

Trisha

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