This Week's Question: School Adjustments

Posted on September 9, 2016

school woes
Dear Karly,

I just started middle school and I hate it because it’s so different from everything I’m used to!

Middle School Student, 11

Hi Middle School Student,

Change is hard and it’ll take time to adjust. You may not be doing everything perfectly right, but that’s okay. Don’t stifle your feelings. You’re allowed to feel overwhelmed, especially in the beginning.

In order to adjust to change, make sure you’re taking care of yourself. Sleep enough and eat well, and give yourself time to relax to decrease anxiety.

For practical tips on how to adjust to middle school, consider asking an older student who went through the adjustment period. If you have a friend or neighbor that can be open with you on the challenges he went through, he can give you tips on how to navigate your classes, the hard teachers, and new friends. Even if he just listens and can emphasize, it can be very helpful for you.

And always remember: We cant always choose our circumstances, but we can choose our attitudes towards them!

Good luck,

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