First Day of School (Guest Submission #2)

My monthly “Firsts” series has highlighted a bunch of different topics, but I wanted September to have a back-to-school theme. My own first days have been insignificant and forgettable, so I asked for submissions and got a handful of responses. Below, Laurie tells us about her first day of middle school. 


Growing up, I was always an overly shy child. I barely talked and had trouble making new friends. For my younger years, I went to a private, religious elementary school. I had several best friends and did well academically. But when it was time for middle school, my parents wanted me to go the public school only about eight blocks away from my home. I could easily walk there and the school was free which meant my parents didn’t have to spend their money on private school education. Luckily for me, I had one good friend who was going there and the school was one of the best in the city.

On the first day of middle school, all the sixth graders had to go their homeroom and participate in what was called Eagle Camp. (Can you guess that our mascot was the Eagles?) I remember it was a fun day consisting of cheesy activities that allowed us to get to know our peers better. They also gave us a planner and other school supplies. Being the nerdy kid I was, I was excited. The teachers also toured us around the whole school. I remember thinking I hope I wouldn’t get lost everyday.

I met my first friend in my homeroom that day. We happened to be in the same orchestra class too so we seemed to have a lot in common. Also, her locker was also right next to mine! This was really comforting for me since I was nervous I wasn’t going to make any friends. However, I ended up being friends with her throughout middle school.

I know most people’s first days don’t probably seem to be as good as I had it considering I made a good friend. I ended up having a good middle school experience with some struggles like everyone has.

Here are some of my tips for acing a first day of middle or high school:

  • Relax, take deep breaths and remember that everyone is in the same boat as you are.
  • At my school, they had “Eagle Camp” which made it easy to transition. Some schools have a program like this and remember that the faculty knows how nervous you are so they try to make it easier by having this “camp”.
  • It’s not a big deal if you make a mistake or go to the wrong room. Those experiences make your life better. Bad or embarrassing experiences help you learn about life and everyone has them.

Enjoy your first day and have fun!

About today’s guest blogger: My name is Laurie and I’m a junior psychology major at a university in Texas. I love reading, writing, photography, and exploring new things! I have a tumblr and blog a little too much. :)

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