The Chance to Redo Middle School:

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?

Reflecting My Memories Spent at TTU vs MTSU:

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!

Newspaper Club Removed at Wilson Central High School:

The newspaper club at Wilson Central High School in Lebanon, Tennessee was removed as an extracurricular activity.

Despite the yearbook staff staying as a part of journalism curriculum, the newspaper club has been dissolved at the high school for quite some time. Perhaps could one of the reasons be that the school does not have enough funds to keep the organization running? Or recent controversial topics created outrage among the students, school administrators and teachers? At the moment, the reason for its departure is unclear.

According to the Principal, he said that “There was no newspaper when he returned in 2015” although there was one when he left five years before. When asked if he planned to bring back the club in the future, he responded, “We have proposed it, but haven’t had much interest from students or the teachers.” With this response, we might as well assume that it may have been cut due to financial reasons and lack of interest from the students and teachers.

A former writer from Wilson Central High School’s Newspaper Committee said “Seeing as how much passion I had for The Roar, I feel that it should have stayed. It gave me something to look forward to everyday and each piece I wrote, gave me a sense of accomplishment. I feel with its removal, other students are being robbed of the same feeling and opportunity.”

A current student at Wilson Central High School was also interviewed in regards to what the school should have done with the newspaper club and with her response, she also believed that it should have stayed where it was. She said “I am a senior at Wilson Central High School. I didn’t even know it was removed. I liked having the newspaper staff at school. I actually wanted to be on the newspaper staff but chickened out. That was sophomore year so I guess that it was a good thing I didn’t join because we still didn’t even have it. I definitely think Wilson Central should have kept the newspaper. They look so cool and the kids put so much time into it.”

One of my coworkers who works on Student Council at the high school did briefly mention that they planned to bring “The Roar” back and students were interested in joining but to no avail, the proposal failed. It is uncertain at this point in time what they will do to bring back the newspaper club but it’s important that future high school students who look forward to enhancing their writing capabilities hope for the best and maybe the club will be brought back into the spotlight.