A Tale From A 7th Grade New Kid

A Tale From A 7th Grade New Kid

I was being treated like a museum artifact whenever I walked into a new classroom; something that everyone wants to look at but can’t touch.
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I woke up to the futile efforts of my alarm clock. As I rolled out of bed my bare feet touched the cold, hardwood floor that I was not yet accustomed to. As we ate breakfast my mom tried to cheer us up.

“You guys will have a great first day”, she said to me and my sister.

“Oh yeah, kids staring at us and teachers asking us lots of questions, yeah, things will be peachy!” I said in my sassy, 7th grader tone.

My mom flashed me a look and told us to get in the car. As we drove to the school my mind thought of what it was like for my sister. She had spent two and a half years at our old school, and now she wasn’t going to graduate with the kids we grew up with, but with people, she would barely know. I was only a 7th grader, I wasn’t thinking about graduation, but my sister was only a few months away from graduating junior high school. I thought about my friends that I left behind in Mt. Prospect, but had I known then that I would only keep in touch with two people I wouldn’t have worried too much.

As we sat in the office of the school, school started. Hundreds of students walked in as if it was a riot. We soon met the principal and the guidance counselor and we received an “exclusive tour” as the guidance counselor put it. I guess during the run of that exclusive tour the counselors decided “You know what is the best way to welcome new students? Let’s give them standardized testing!” So we spent two hours of “fun” taking the M.A.P. test before we received our schedules and locker numbers and were sent off to class.

I walked into the 4th-period gym and realized that I knew someone already; he was a relative of one of my godsisters. His name was Michael Chaires, I mean we didn’t know each other very well, but at least I knew somebody. However, my good mood changed when the teacher decided to stop the whole class to introduce me. The teacher asked me the questions that I anticipated; the usual questions like “what’s your name?” “Anything you want people to know about you?” I was petrified the entire time, from what I had seen in all the movies up to that point the new kid in school is usually the first kid to get beat up in gym class, but before the end of class Mike introduced me to some people, so I felt slightly less awkward.

Things were okay until the one thing I feared the most came, lunch. All I kept thinking is that I was going to die. I had heard all the horror stories, the new kid always gets tripped while carrying his lunch, or gets their money stolen by your stereotypical bully; you know the one with the ripped up clothes who’s secretly crying for help because he has his own emotional issues. I didn’t make it two steps into the lunchroom before the worst possible thing happened; the principal grabbed me and dragged me around the room trying to get people to talk to me.

Eventually, she found a kid who would let me sit with him, and his name was Nick Clark. And I haven’t actually taken the opportunity to thank him until now; So Nick, thank you for making a terrifying day of my life, less horrible. The rest of my day was “interesting” to say the least, especially when I was being treated like a museum artifact whenever I walked into a new classroom; something that everyone wants to look at but can’t touch, or being asked if I was “in a gang” by one of my classmates because of my Randy Contour shirt. When I came home from school that day, I had to admit to my mom that she was right. She still hasn’t let me live it down.

Although my new school wasn’t the same as my old one, it was all new. I’ve made new friends and I keep in touch with the old ones. I have come to know some great people since moving here, whether it be the Kishore twins, who for the first two and a half years I knew them I could only tell them apart by their shoes, or one of my best friends Johnny Barrett, who in the five years I have known him has gone through five different hairstyles. I can honestly say I learned two things from moving schools; One, don’t be afraid of change. And two; never admit to your mom that she’s right… Like ever.

Cover Image Credit: Cole Keister

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In this world where you can be anything: be a friend (and be a good one).

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Life: full of amazing, unforeseen circumstances. How you roll with the punches only reveals your strength.
True friends are like diamonds: bright, beautiful, valuable, and always in style." -Nicole Richie

I remember when I first heard the big news. I didn't want to believe it. My heart dropped. I was worried for you. What would happen? How would you get through this? Nothing we knew would ever be the same. Our world was about to change forever. I recalled the verse Isaiah 41:10, "Do not be afraid, for I am with you." I knew God was with you and would always be. I knew God needed me to be here for you, no matter what.

Turns out, you had this all in the bag. You handled everything with grace and dignity. You were strong even on your hardest days. You were overwhelmed with faith and you inspired me with your perseverance through the hardest times. I could not be more proud of who you became because of the cards you were dealt.

To Meaghan: I love you. I'm always here, no matter where. Hudson is so lucky to have you.

Here's what I learned from you and your sweet baby boy:

1. Contrary to popular belief, it is NOT the end of the world

Start making plans for the future. Pick out clothes, decorations, and toys. Help with all the madness and preparation. She would do the same for you. Plus, 9 p.m. runs to Toys-R-Us just to buy the baby some socks (because you do not know the gender yet) is always a good idea. You have to focus on the big picture. Life doesn't stop even when you want to.

2. No matter how much you want to freak out, remain calm

Getting unexpected news is never easy to hear. If needed, cry. Cry until you cannot anymore. Then, get up and be strong, she needs you. Be flexible (You want to come over to hang out? Right now? No, I'm not in the middle of ten thousand things, come on over). Be available (yes, even for her 3 a.m. insomnia calls just to see "what's up?") "Meaghan, why are you even awake right now?"

3. Radiate positivity. Always. 

This is an emotional time. The LAST thing she needs is someone bringing her down. "No, honey, you're glowing!" "You do not look fat in that bikini!!" "You are rocking that baby bump!" "Oh, that's your the third day in a row you're eating a Sonic burger for lunch? You go girl!"

4. Be ready for all the times: happy, confusing, stressful, sad, (but mostly) exciting

Mixed emotions are so hard, but look for the silver lining. With your support, she will be strong.

"Who knew picking out the brand of diapers to buy was so stressful?"

5. This world is a scary place. You never want to be all alone, so don't be. 

Like the song says, we, really do, all need someone to lean on. Just being there for someone goes a long way. "Meaghan what the heck are you doing in MY bed? How long have you been here?"

6. Lean on God. His plan is greater than we could ever imagine. 

When you don't know where to go, or who to turn to, pray! Pray for the burdens you feel. Pray for the future. Pray for patience. Pray for the ability to not grow weary. Pray for a heart of compassion. Pray. Pray. Pray.

7. Something we never knew we needed. 

Some of the best things in life are things we never knew we needed. Who knows where we would be without this sweet face?

"Hudson say Lib. Libby. L-- Come ON!" "CAT!" "Okay, that works too."

8. "Mother knows best"...is accurate, whether you believe it or not

Turns out, seventeen-year-olds don't know how to plan baby showers. Our moms have been there, done that. They want to be involved just as much as we do, so let them! Listen to their guidance. After all, they're professionals.

9. There will *almost always* be a "better way" of doing something...but, be a cheerleader, not a critic 

This is something many people struggle with in general, but it is not your DNA, it is not your place to be a critic. Let her raise her own baby. You are there to be a friend, not a mentor. ****Unless she's about to name the baby something absolutely terrible -- for the love of that baby, don't let her name that kid something everyone hates.

10.  At the end of the day, it's not what you have or what you know; rather, it is all about who you love and those who love you

Life has adapted, but for the better. We grew up, learned, and became stronger. All the while, we stayed friends every step of the way. We still have the same fun and most definitely, the same laughs.

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20 Painfully Annoying Pet Peeves That Drive Every College Student Up Their Dorm Room Wall

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Some days, the people around us make us feel like we're going to lose our minds. We find ourselves questioning whether the students and professors surrounding us were raised by wolves or just really have no sense of respect. The following is a compilation of pet peeves that will have college students across the country pulling out their hair.

1. Students who cheat on exams and don't even try to be discrete about it.

Don't think I didn't see you pass that paper to your friend sitting next to you.

2. People who ride bikes/scooters on the sidewalks on campus.

Not trying to die by getting run over by you today, thank you very much.

3. When the person sitting next to you during an exam has a runny nose and sniffles the entire time instead of using a tissue. 

Didn't your mom teach you how to blow your nose when you were four?

4. People who eat their entire lunch during class every day.

I really love trying to concentrate on financial accounting while you're chomping in my ear.

5. The person who's hacking up a lung in class and seems incapable of covering their mouth. 

Are you TRYING to start an epidemic?

6. When groups of people take up the entire sidewalk and walk at a speed that's slower than molasses.

You always seem to encounter these people when you're running late for class.

7. Professors who factor grammar and spelling on papers into your grade but make typos in the assignment directions.

Practice what you preach.

8. When you're in the library and the person next to you has the volume on their music turned up so loud that you can clearly hear every word through their headphones. 

The purpose of headphones is so that the people sitting around you DON'T have to listen to your music.

9. When someone takes your seat in class in week eight.

There aren't technically assigned seats in college, but we all know that once someone claims a seat, you don't take it.

10.  The slacker in group projects. 

I really love working my butt off so you can get an easy A.

11.  Professors who refuse to let you out of class early, even when they've finished the lecture material.

"Now let me spend the last 15 minutes of class lecturing about a topic that has nothing to do with class because I have an hour and 20 minutes and intend to use every minute of it."

12.  People who walk on the left side of the hall/sidewalk/stairs.

Everyone knows you're supposed to keep to the right.

13.  The know-it-all.

You know the type. They're also the one who suggest to the professor that the class would benefit from more exams.

14.  Professors who want assignments single spaced. 

For some reason two pages double spaced seems much more manageable than one page single spaced.

15.  People who don't hold the door for you.

It's called being polite.

16.  When professors don't post grades online. 

It's really not that complicated.

17.  Students who think they own the town because they drive a fancy car.

No, you are not in fact exempt from following the speed limit on campus just because you drive a Porsche.

18.  When it's week ten and your professor still doesn't know your name in a class of 20.

I'd get it if it was a 200-person lecture, but is it really that hard to learn 20 names?

19.  People who smack their gum in class.

The sound of your gum is overpowering our professor's voice.

20.  Group projects when you don't have any friends in the class.

Thank you, Professor, for making me announce to the entire class that I have no friends.

Hopefully you were able to make it to the bottom of the list without actually pulling out your hair. For those of you reading this who might be guilty of one or two items, here's a tip: for the sake of your peers, take a moment to think before you act next time.

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