“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

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