Reflecting on Seventh Grade

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Seventh grade was simultaneously the best and worst year of school. I made friends, and lost an entire group of friends. Socially, this year was really rough. I lost my best friend because she decided to start being mean to me for no reason. However, I gained an entirely new group of friends that I really appreciate. I feel like I’m valued by my friends for the first time in a very long while.

Academically, I’ve done the worst I’ve ever done this year. I gave up. I didn’t turn things in, I didn’t do my homework, and I didn’t really care. I used to be a very good student, but it’s been hard this year. I dislike most of my teachers. Especially my math teacher, who I find to be very mean. Not only that, I’ve learned almost nothing in her class this year. I can’t retain information the way she teaches it. One of the only teachers I like is my history teacher. She’s really funny and I learn a lot in her class. Her tests are really hard, but a lot of the time I do pretty well. I like the way she teaches.

I’m sad that I only have a few days left at Hale. No matter how much I hated it at some points, I’ve been here for the past two years of my life. I’ve spent a lot of time getting to know the kids at Hale. Yes, I don’t like a lot of them, but I’ve met some really cool people here, too. If you surround yourself with the right people, Hale is really fun.

Sixth grade was a lot different from seventh grade. I had a completely different group of friends, and I really loved Hale. I had great grades and I liked my teachers (most of the time). My math teacher didn’t teach us anything, though. He gave us the answers to tests the day before! On paper, you would think I’d like sixth grade a lot more, but I don’t. I feel like I’ve learned a lot about being a “teenager” this year, and I think that’s a lot more valuable than everything I learned last year.

I don’t know what I expect eighth grade to be like, but I know it’s going to be a lot different. I hope I make a new group of friends quickly. To be honest, I don’t think there are enough students at my new school to be socially outcasted for being new, which has happened to me before. Next year I want to become more involved in school activities and school in general. I really need to start doing my homework next year!

All in all, I enjoyed seventh grade. I hated it at some points, but it’s middle school and I’d be crazy to expect to enjoy it. It flew by and I honestly can’t believe it’s already almost over. To any sixth grader reading this, don’t expect seventh grade to be too different from sixth. Just try to have as much fun as you can while you’re still a kid.

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