In a small town above the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee, these two-day events mark a significant milestone for my beloved grandmother who turned 90 years young a few days ago and continues to stay strong by holding onto her faith in our heavenly father, God.
These events also mark the milestone for my family once more because we seldom see those who travel to Tennessee once a year. As for our entire clan, I see them on various holiday occasions where second cousins are expanding exponentially.
As these events mix and mingle for two days straight, it will be something to look forward to after not seeing everyone since Christmas 2016 and hope that we can all put aside our differences, collaborate together and spend time with one another through sharing memories filled with laughter and tears.
From listing my successful and unsuccessful years as a former middle school student, I now recognize how much my mind has strengthen since then. Middle school is a time where kids transition from children to teens and go through sorts of problems that teachers are unable to control due to a baloney policy implemented from the politically correct schools called “Zero Tolerance Policy” where many innocent kids are punished because they defended themselves against someone who was creating chaos in the first place. For example, bullying.
If I had the chance to redo middle school all over again, here is what I could do differently:
- Recognize how some school administrators do not care about their students and it’s essential for us to stand up against those who want to tear us down mentally and physically.
- Do not rely on some of the teachers. Tell them your situation but they will not do anything about it because they have a bad habit of turning the other cheek and when problems arise, they will claim that you didn’t tell them about being bullied in the first place. Stand up against those who go the distance to wear and tear you down on a daily basis. Joining a club where you stand up for your rights won’t necessarily help at all.
- Learn how to adapt and communicate with a group of people who think differently than you do. Chances are, they can learn something from you and you can learn something from them. Do not be afraid to speak what’s on your mind.
- Try out for more extracurricular activities and do not be afraid of rejection because it happened to me twice: I was too late to join the yearbook staff in middle school (due to not filling out the application on time) and I did not make it on the school’s softball team because I wasn’t fast enough. But near the end of freshman year of high school, I asked my favorite geography teacher from middle school at the time, who was a yearbook adviser then, if she could send a recommendation letter to my high school yearbook adviser. Shortly afterwards, I ended up on the yearbook staff in high school. There’s always that one teacher who made a huge difference in my life and to this day, I want to thank her kindly for sending the adviser a recommendation letter because it helped me tremendously improve my writing, photography and communication skills. Despite not making the yearbook staff in middle school, something better came along in high school and for that, I am grateful for the help she gave me and will always remember her as my favorite teacher in middle school.
Middle School has some perks to it such as field trips and all, but if only there was another chance to make up for it due to my shyness which held me back for quite some time, I would do it all over again in a heartbeat and prove to our younger students that you should not be afraid to speak up when in doubt or if something serious bothers you.
If you had the chance to redo middle school all over again, what changes would you undergo?
Even though I have attended two different universities in the state of Tennessee, the memories I spent there will always stay with me forever.
While I was attending Tennessee Tech for one year, I learned:
- How to become a bit more social although I was still shy and afraid to speak my mind.
- Not to light a candle in the dormitory because it will set the alarm off in the early hours of the morning. I knew of course not to do that but someone else did it and everyone had to rush outside as quickly as possible.
- Ask questions to my professors when I am unsure of something which could reflect my homework grade.
- Walk around campus and locate each building where my courses were going to be held.
- Include my roommate when there are dorm activities involved.
- Arrive back on campus around 3 Sunday afternoon because parking in the dorm spots are full afterwards.
Meanwhile at Middle Tennessee State University, I learned:
- To join MTSU Sidelines and learn how to write in the lifestyles section before writing news.
- Arrive on campus one hour early because parking spots are fully booked around 8:15 a.m.
- Spend as much time at the library and gymnasium will help relax my mind while working on my homework assignments.
- Receiving encouragement and useful advice from my journalism instructor will help me become more motivated and passionate about the time and effort I put into my work as a blogger and future journalist. And to never give up quickly!