Dalia Einstein - Grade 8, Hadley E. Watts Middle School
Life Isn't Easy
Middle school is like a birthday cake. 6th grade is the bottom tier: youâ€™re getting a feel for the new environment, the new students, and the new teachers. 7th grade is the middle tier, where all of the filling is: you have already gotten a feel for what middle school is, so this grade is where the tests, projects, and drama happens. 8th grade is the top tier, where the candles are the light to your new step in life: youâ€™ve made it through your three years, and this grade is really a reflection of yourself. I have scaled my way up this cake throughout my middle school years, enduring both the simple and difficult times. I have received a great deal of advice during these three years as well; some stuck with me and some went in one ear and out the other. One piece, however, that I really appreciated was one our counselor told the 8th grade class.
Our first day of school this year, our guidance counselor spoke with every grade, and gave each class certain information about their upcoming year. This year, Mrs. Green talked to us about being mindful, and acting as role models to the 6th and 7th graders. One lasting piece of advice she gave us was, â€œOnly you can make yourself mad.â€ I thought about this the entire day, and realized that I become angry at many insignificant things. I decided to try and act how Mrs. Green suggested. For the rest of the week, I attempted to have a positive attitude and an optimistic approach to things. This goal was challenging, but mainly I succeeded. I have thought about this quote throughout the five weeks we have been in school and have tried to become more positive everyday. For example, the other day I was walking in the hallway, trying to get from ELA to French, and a 6th grader darted toward me, almost knocking me down. At first, I was a little frustrated at him, but then I remembered Mrs. Green's quote. I realized that the 6th grader was also probably trying to get to class, and didn't want to be late. He most likely ran into me accidentally, so I just let it go. This quote has also helped me multiple times during my cross country races. When somebody passes or bumps into me, I decide not to let it annoy me and to keep running as if it never happened.
Throughout my years in middle school, I have learned what each tier really means. 6th grade was the adaption; 7th grade was the stress; and 8th grade is the attitude. I must have a positive mindset to be able to succeed in life; I need to follow in the light of the candles, and reach the top of the cake with a smile on my face.