Hey, Guys! Thank you for those who read my previous posts for the past few weeks and those who are reading it right now.
From my intensive scientific research, aka googling and social media, these are some of the college majors and careers we’re in at the moment:
We’re everywhere! It’s been fun to reconnect and catch up with former classmates while writing this series. I hope by writing this, there will be more conversations about public school education, the importance of a dynamic, positive and diverse learning environment, and passionate, supportive teachers/parents/guardians.
On another note, I’m actually interested where our GT Teachers are right now, but that might be a future post! 😉
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?
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
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.