Dear Amy: I start middle school in a few weeks and am a little nervous about the first day. Can you help me? —
Jennifer C., Evansville, Indiana
Dear Jennifer: The great thing about middle school is that everyone is new the first day, so they’re feeling the same. Still, there are a few things you can do to help your first day go smoothly. Most schools host a day for students to walk through their schedules and learn where their classes are. If your school doesn’t do that, you can probably call the office and set up a visit before school starts so you won’t feel lost the first day.
District boundaries sometimes split up elementary students, but you probably have friends who will go to your school. Find out who has the same lunch period and classes as you, and plan to sit together at lunch or meet the first morning to walk in together so you won’t be so nervous.
Finally, finding someone who has already been to your school, who can give you tips about teachers and classes, and answer many of your questions, can help.
The Savvy School Counselor’s Middle School Transition, savvyschoolcounselor.com/middle-school-transition/, has more tips!
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