What I Wish I Knew in 7th Grade

By Kiara Posey
Georgiana High School

Time is a fickle thing. It doesn’t stop or slow down for anyone. In this life, there is no going back into the past and reliving special moments. Even though I know this is true, it doesn’t stop me from dreaming. Dreaming about the things I wish I could tell my younger self. Now that I am a senior, I have learned many things since I was in the 7th-grade and there are many things I would like to tell younger self. If it was possible to go back in time and give myself advice I would tell myself to be more confident in herself, be nicer to herself, and not be afraid of trying new things.

My school is unlike most schools. Once students reach the end of 6th grade they graduate from the elementary side of the school and transition to the “high school” side of the building. For many students, this transition is like a fresh start. They have new teachers and have the opportunity to make new friends. If I had the opportunity to go back in time I would tell my 7th-grade self to be more confident in her actions. I would encourage her to have the courage to talk to the new student who was sitting by themselves at lunch. Having confidence is a big part of going through school. Now that I am a senior I can now see all the opportunities I have missed out on due to my lack of confidence. One is the opportunity to make new friends.

The second thing I would tell my 7th-grade self would be to be nicer to myself. I wish I could tell myself that there are going to be people and school that just won’t like me and that is okay. There are going to be people in school who do not like me and in these moments it is important to be nice to myself. I would tell my younger self to do things to improve my love for myself during these times. In life, there are going to be people you do not get along with. That is why it is important to learn how to deal with these situations in a healthy way from the beginning.

The final thing I would tell my 7th-grade self would be to try new things. Over the years I have noticed that I have a tendency of finding one thing I like and never trying new things. I would like to tell my 7th-grade self to go out and try out for the softball team or scholars bowl. I would tell myself to try things I never would have thought I would be interested in. I say this because these clubs and sports could have provided me with many opportunities, but now I will never know because I never tried it. Of course, I know there are going to be things that I do not enjoy, but just trying them at least once allows me to determine the things that I do enjoy.

Going through high school is no easy task. There are going to be days when you don’t feel like going at all. But there are things that can make it easier such as having confidence and being nice to yourself. In school, there are going to be times when people don’t like you. In moments like these, it is important to be confident in yourself and to have love for yourself. Another thing that makes high school easier is finding activities that you enjoy. This is done by putting yourself out there and trying new things. School is going to be hard, so it is important to find ways to make it enjoyable.

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