Summer is ending soon for many of us, and for some of us it’s a new transitional period. Some are going to middle school, high school, whatever.…

Summer is ending soon for many of us, and for some of us it’s a new transitional period. Some are going to middle school, high school, whatever. Starting high school is to be at the lowest rungs of the high school ladder. At least, that’s what we’re supposed to believe once we begin that time in our life. It wasn’t really that bad as freshman year went on, but I was still pretty scared in the beginning and on guard practically all the time. It could have been worse, after all, and probably my own perceptions were distorted by teen movies (ha). To teens starting out high school for the first time, or to preteens starting middle school, just remember that not everyone is actually “out to get you” even if it seems that way because of how you look or act; you might be pressured to act differently from how you actually are to “fit in”. Making friends, starting up a good rapport with teachers, is part of that fitting in. Making new friends in a new environment is hard for some people, easier for others. I was always a little envious of people who seemed to have a ton of friends, but then I realized I much preferred just having a small but close knit group of friends and having a lot of acquaintances. And after awhile, I didn’t really care what my peers thought about me. Cliched? Yes, but for some reason it was true for me. Acceptance, I guess, of who you are and what you like, dislike, is what I’m getting at here. – Allyson