“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

25 Things I Learned in 25 Years

Hello Everyone! Happy Saturday! I hope everyone is having a great week and weekend! Since my 26th birthday is in 10 days, I decided to make a list of 25 things I learned in life so far. Here it is!

  1. Develop your relationship with God.
  2. Appreciate and love your parents and family.
  3. Maintain your friendships.
  4. Take care of yourself (mentally, physically, and spiritually).
  5. Value experiences (trying new restaurants, traveling, reading books, etc.).
  6. Always do your best (FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT!).
  7. Be kind and care for others.
  8. Don’t worry too much.
  9. Do what makes your soul happy.
  10. Everything takes time.
  11. Be confident about yourself.
  12. Face your fears by getting out of your comfort zone.
  13. Find people that inspire you.
  14. Stay positive.
  15. God gave us the responsibility for our lives.
  16. You are your own competition. Don’t compare yourself to others.
  17. Respect others.
  18. Don’t settle. Have high standards.
  19. Forgive others and yourself.
  20. Make mistakes and take risks.
  21. Live your dreams.
  22. Have a support system.
  23. Save money.
  24. Keep challenging yourself.
  25. Choose to love and be happy.

I hope you and I continue to grow to reach the best versions of ourselves. I’m thankful that I’ve reached 25.97 years old so far. Onwards to 26 and the next 25 years of my life!

Love,

Trisha