“Confessions: What It Really Feels Like Being Labeled Gifted and Talented Since Kindergarten” Series – Parts 4 and 5 “College and Beyond”

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:

  • Veterinary
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Communications
  • Music
  • Mathematics
  • Finance
  • Business

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! 😉

Wishing you the best in everything you do!

Love,

Trisha

“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

Experiment: I Didn’t Use YouTube for 5 Weeks, Instagram 7 Weeks, and FB for 4 months!

Hi, Guys! I hope you’re doing well!

Several months ago I wanted to sacrifice something I really enjoy using for Lent, so I stopped using Youtube, Instagram, and Facebook for several weeks and in some cases, it went on for months. As a side note, I don’t use Snapchat or Twitter.

I love taking breaks from social media because I’m curious what I learn from not using them. I’ve been using FB for 12 years, Youtube for 11 years, and Instagram for 5 years, so I grew up with social media (anyone remember Friendster and Myspace?! Haha). Despite these numbers, I prefer to enjoy the outdoors and connecting with nature much more.

Anyways, these are my takeaways and reflections from my social media detox!

  • For me, YouTube was the hardest social media to stop using because I used it for the following: music, fashion, film, self-growth, development with God, and learning anything under the sun. Honestly, I still have no idea how I made it for that long without YouTube. But it is possible.
  • I hanged out with friends a lot without social media. Almost every week I would hang out with my friends regularly so using social media was not necessary to maintain true, close friendships.
  • Honestly, I like not using social media to a great extent. I’m one of those people who believe that if there’s something really important to know about, someone will tell me about it. Don’t get me wrong, I love current events and ideas. But sometimes I just want to have peace of mind.

Now, I am utilizing YouTube, Instagram, and FB with more intention than ever. I believe moderation for everything (eating, exercising, sleeping, working, social media use, etc.) is very important. If anyone has ever been interested in unplugging from social media, I highly recommend it because you’ll learn a lot from the experience.

Will I ever do a social media detox again? Absolutely. The best moments in my life are the ones that cannot be posted. 🙂

Wishing you all 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