Advice for Our New Sevies: Things Every 7th Grader Needs to Know

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By Tristan Anderson—Assistant-Editor-in-Chief

Sevies, we know you're new to junior high—not too long ago we were too! Think of us as your older siblings; we are here to watch out for you.  Here is some advice we have found useful.

As your older siblings, we can help you with anything!  Ask for help from the 8th and 9th graders you see. Another option for getting help would be your counselors. They help with many problems like bullying, schoolwork, and teachers you don't get along with.  Many students from previous years have received tremendous amounts of help from our counselors and their problems are long gone!

Don't be afraid to talk to your teachers about a low score, bad grades or any extra credit opportunities to raise up a grade. Your teachers are here to help you, not just teach you. Don't let your grades fall too low, but remember, don't try to outdo others with grades, looks, or anything else. It’s okay to be yourself.

If you are feeling out of place or left out, join some after school club(s). Extracurricular activities help to relieve stress and find a comfortable place with people you get along with.  As a seventh grader you have the chance to make things happen! Don’t worry about looking foolish while doing it. We all have to take a chance and learn to laugh at ourselves!  In these three years of junior high, join clubs, learn a new language or how to play an instrument that you've never tried before! Make these years a great experience!

We know some of you Sevies think that eighth and ninth graders seem to be "childish” (if that's what you call it), but we are just trying to make the best out of our experience! It is a wonderful thing that we, as humans, get to experience in our own creative way.

So Sevies, we hope you take this advice and that you will use it. We are very happy to help you and want you to feel like you are more than welcome here.

As a student at this school, try to obey all the rules and accept all the consequences you receive. Take advantage of comments, concerns, and the help others offer. As a family member or friend, stay who you are. Don't be something that someone else wants you to be.

Make sure that you treat each other with respect. Any form of name calling, embarrassment, harassment, or ostracizing others, is bullying! We all know bullying is wrong, and yet people still do it. Why? Insecurities!  It’s a huge issue at many schools. Students feel insecure about themselves; that is why we have bullying, being untrue to ourselves, and depression. We all know these things can be harmful, but some still don't care. We should care about everything and everyone.

So Sevies, we hope you take this advice and that you will use it. We are very happy to help you and want you to feel like you are more than welcome here.