Make Eight Great: Top Ten Tips to Surviving Eighth Grade

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Oh​, ​the​ ​stress​ ​of​ ​eighth​ ​grade​ ​and​ ​a​ ​new​ ​school,​ ​teachers​, ​and​ ​friends.​ ​These are​ ​some​ ​important​ ​tips​ ​to​ ​help​ ​you​ ​through​ ​this​ ​life​-changing​ ​transitional year.

Lunch​ ​Groups   

New​ ​school,​ ​new​ ​lunch​ ​group?​ ​The​ ​littlest​ ​thing​ ​seems​ ​to​ ​be​ ​the biggest​ ​focus​ ​when starting​ ​a​ ​new​ ​school.​ ​Firstly,​ ​it​ ​is​ ​completely​ ​okay​ ​if​ ​you​ ​leave your​ ​group.​ ​No,​ ​your​ ​old​ ​lunch​ ​group​ ​is​ ​not​ ​going to​ ​hate​ ​you​ ​and​ ​never​ ​speak to​ ​you​ ​again.​ ​You​ ​can​ ​still​ ​be​ ​friends​ ​with​ ​them​ ​but​ ​have​ ​a​ ​new​ ​group​ ​of friends​ ​too.

Teachers   

Is​ talking to your​ ​new​ ​teachers​ ​for​ ​help​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​scariest​ ​thoughts​ ​ever? Well,​ ​I​ ​can​ ​assure​ ​you​ ​that​ ​once​ ​you​ ​take​ ​the​ ​extra​ ​step​ ​for​ ​help,​ ​your​ ​teacher will​ ​not​ ​only​ ​help​ ​you,​ ​but​ ​he​ ​or​ ​she​ ​will​ ​not​ ​intimidate​ ​you.​ ​Your​ ​teachers​ ​are there​ to ​help​ ​and​ ​only​ ​want​ ​the​ ​best​ ​for​ ​you,​ ​so​ ​if​ ​you​ ​are​ ​struggling​ ​in a​ ​class​, ​take​ ​advantage​ ​of​ ​their availability during IS or when convenient for them.

Where​ ​to​ ​walk?

When​ ​it​ ​comes​ ​to​ ​walking​ ​in​ ​the​ ​hallway,​ ​do​ ​yourself​ ​a​ ​favor​ ​and always​ ​walk​ ​on​ ​the​ ​right​ ​side.​ ​Everyone​ ​in​ ​the​ ​school​ ​is​ ​trying​ ​to​ ​make​ ​it​ ​to their​ ​class​ ​in​ ​less​ ​than​ ​five​ ​minutes.​ ​Therefore,​ ​just​ ​follow​ ​the​ ​simple​ ​rule​ ​and always​ ​walk​ ​on​ ​the​ ​right​ ​side​ ​of​ ​the​ ​hallway.​ ​ALWAYS.   

Demerits   

Yes,​ ​the​ ​tiny​ ​yellow​ ​sheet​ ​that​ ​could​ ​ruin​ ​your​ ​Saturday​ ​morning​ ​if​ ​you receive​ ​one​ ​more​ ​than​ ​four​ ​times.​ ​If​ ​you​ ​receive​ ​a​ ​demerit,​ the world is not going to end.​ ​The​ ​teachers​ ​understand​ ​that​ ​nobody​ ​is perfect​ ​and​ ​you​ ​may​ ​forget​ ​your​ ​name​ ​tag​ ​or​ ​have​ ​something​ ​wrong​ ​with your​ ​uniform​, so​ ​you​ ​receive​ ​a​ ​demerit​ ​as​ ​a​ ​reminder.​ ​With​ ​that​ ​said,​ ​one demerit​ ​is​ ​something​ ​that​ ​is​ ​not​ ​as​ ​big​ ​as​ ​a​ ​deal​ ​as​ ​you​ ​may​ ​think,; ​just​ ​make sure​ ​they​ ​do​ ​not​ ​start​ ​to​ ​add​ ​up!

Open​ ​up​ ​to​ ​New​ ​Things   

When​ ​you​ ​start​ ​Mount​ ​Carmel​ ​the​ ​new​ ​school​ ​environment​ ​can​ ​be extremely​ ​overwhelming,​ ​but​ ​joining​ ​new​ ​clubs​ ​is​ ​a​ ​great​ ​way​ ​to​ ​branch​ ​out with​ ​other​ ​students​ ​that​ ​share​ ​the​ ​same​ ​interests​ ​as​ ​you.

Do​ ​all​ ​of​ ​your​ ​work   

High​ ​school​ ​is​ ​extremely​ ​different​ ​from​ ​grammar​ ​school,​ ​especially academically.​ ​You​ ​will​ receive ​a​ ​lot​ ​more​ ​homework​ ​and​ ​projects​ ​compared​ ​to elementary​ ​school,​ ​but​ ​it​ ​will​ ​add​ ​up​ ​if​ ​not​ ​completed.​ ​Even​ ​though​ ​you​ ​may get​ ​stressed,​ ​completing​ ​your​ ​work​ ​is​ ​very​ ​important​ ​and​ ​essential​ ​to​ ​your grade. If you fall behind, make sure to get on top of your schedule—don’t let it all pile up and make matters worse until you’re behind everywhere!

Do​ ​not​ ​be​ ​afraid​ ​of​ ​the​ ​other​ ​grade levels

Just​ ​because​ ​you​ ​are​ ​at​ ​the​ ​bottom​ ​does​ ​not​ ​mean​ ​everyone​ ​hates you.​ ​The​ ​seniors​ ​are​ ​not​ ​scary​ ​and​ ​once​ ​you​ ​get​ ​to​ ​know​ ​them​ ​are​ ​really cool,​ ​and​ ​of​ ​course​ ​the​ ​juniors (​also​ ​your​ ​big​ ​sis​ ​class) ​love​ ​you.​ ​Then​ ​there are​ ​the​ ​sophomores​ ​and​ ​freshman​ ​who​ ​may​ ​want​ ​to​ ​be​ ​your​ ​friend.​ ​In conclusion,​ ​the​ ​upperclassmen​ ​are​ ​not​ ​scary,​ ​so​ ​don’t​ ​be​ ​scared​ ​of​ ​them.

Make​ ​friends   

Branching​ ​out​ and meeting ​new​ ​people​ ​is​ ​what​ ​helps​ ​shapes​ ​who​ ​you​ ​are.​ ​You may​ ​not​ ​know​ ​who​ ​you​ ​fit​ ​in​ ​with​ ​right​ ​now,​ ​but​ ​befriending​ ​new​ ​people​ ​can help​ ​you​ discover just ​that.​ ​Mount​ ​Carmel​ ​is​ ​a​ ​big​ ​school​ ​that​ ​is​ ​full​ ​of​ ​different​ ​girls, so​ ​once​ ​you​ ​find​ ​a​ ​group​ ​of​ ​girls​ ​you​ ​like​ ​become​ ​their​ ​friend​ ​and​ ​branch​ ​out, because​ ​you​ ​may​ ​form​ ​a​ ​friendship​ ​with​ ​these​ ​girls​ ​that​ ​will​ ​last​ ​forever.

Participate​ in ​Extra-Curricular​ ​Activities   

Your​ ​high​ ​school​ ​experience​ ​will​ ​only​ ​be​ ​enjoyable​ ​is​ ​you​ ​let​ ​it​ ​be,​ ​but high​ ​school​ ​will​ ​not​ ​be​ fulfilling​ ​if​ ​you​ ​do​ ​not​ ​find​ ​the​ ​fun​ ​in​ ​it.​ ​Unless​ ​you like​ ​school,​ ​school​ ​is​ ​school​ ​and​ ​you​ ​may​ ​never​ ​love​ ​it​ ​and​ ​that​ ​is​ ​okay,​ ​but you​ ​do​ ​not​ ​have​ ​to​ ​be​ ​miserable.​ ​Mount​ ​Carmel​ ​offers​ ​clubs,​ ​has​ ​tons​ ​of sports to play or​ watch,​ ​and​ ​even​ ​offers​ ​extra​ ​spiritual​ ​activities​ ​to​ ​be​ ​involved in.​ ​My​ ​suggestion​ ​to​ ​you​ ​is​ ​to​ ​attend​ ​everything​ ​that​ ​interests​ ​you,​ ​so​ ​your high​ ​school​ ​years​ ​are​ ​memorable.

Enjoy​ ​Eighth​ ​Grade  

The​ ​friendships​ ​and​ ​memories​ ​you​ ​make​ ​at​ ​this​ ​school​ ​are​ ​going to​ ​stay with​ ​you​ ​forever,​ ​so​ ​put​ ​aside​ ​the​ ​anxiety​ ​and​ ​stress​ ​over​ ​school​ ​and​ ​just​ ​be yourself.​ ​High​ ​school​ ​years​ ​are​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​best​ ​years​ ​of​ ​your​ ​life,​ ​and​ ​this​ ​is only​ ​the​ ​beginning.

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