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Words from the wise // Age is only a number

6TH GRADE

I can clearly remember my first day of sixth grade . . . it seems like yesterday.

Let's see . . . it all started on the school bus. I stepped on that bus trying to prepare myself for what seemed like the most exciting AND the scariest thing I had ever experienced.

But as time passed, everything turned out great! And, yeah, there were a few things I would change if I could.

First of all: The advice I was given as an incoming sixth grader wasn't taken as seriously as it should have been. It took me this long to figure that out. So, just to give you a head start above all of the other sixth graders who aren't reading this article, I'm going to give you some tips, a few pointers.

Listen to your parents.

What?! No, I haven't lost my mind. Sometimes they'll tell you some stuff that really is helpful. Sure, some of it is just parent mumbo jumbo, but some of it is good quality talking . . . and you'll never know what's what unless you listen to all of it . . . well, at least most of it.

Prepare for the Switch.

I'm sure you're used to being the Big Fish in the little sea, but things are about to change. Not only will you not be the big fish, or even the little fish in the big sea _ it'll seem like you're in a river somewhere, years away from any sea at all. But, remember, the river will always lead to the sea.

Don't let the sixth grade horror stories scare you.

You'll be told the most terrible, horrible, scariest school stories from A to Z. It happens to all sixth graders. It happened to my sister, it happened to me. But don't sweat it, it's not nearly as bad as they say. Greek mythology ain't got nothin' on these myths.

And last, but maybe most important, age is only a number.

The age difference between the youngest and the oldest in middle school is nothing like the difference between the oldest and the youngest in elementary school. But it's not a problem, unless you let it be. Think of it like this, those 13 and 14-year-olds are just doing now, what you'll be doing in two years.

There, that pretty much covers it. With this advice, and a little of your own, your sixth grade year will be a blast. Good Luck.

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