Good Old School Days of Yesterday

Good Old School Days of Yesterday

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Good Old School Days of Yesterday
Good Old School Days of Yesterday

 

 

 

 

 

You get your new clothes. You get your new shoes. You make sure you get all the supplies you need for school. You make sure you get plenty of sleep.

In the middle of the night, you get no sleep. You are so excited to go to school until you can’t get any sleep. Then, you wake up when the alarm goes off. You get up and get dress. You are rushing to get to school. You are at school. You get really nervous about everything. In your mind, you don’t know what to expect.

You don’t know what to do. Your palms get sweaty. You are at a lost. What happened with me getting excited for school to now I don’t want to go to school. I was this way when I entered high school. I was so confused. I didn’t know what to do. I even went back to my mom’s car and told her I couldn’t do it.

My mom calmed me down and told me everything was going to be alright. You have been waiting to be here. You are going to do great. After about 30 minutes, I was fine.  I walked back in. I waved at my mom letting her know I was good to go. I walked in again. I looked around. I was like this is a huge place but I can do all the things I put my mind to.

My mom gave me that phrase going up. It stuck with me. I kept saying it 3 times. I took 3 deep breaths. I walked with my head held high.
I was okay after that. I saw my friends. I went over and chatted with them.

Being in school will have you nervous or excited. One hand, you want things to be perfect. You want perfect grades. You want perfect attendance. You want to make more friends.
You want to be accepted by everyone. You want to join different clubs. Try not to overthink the experience. It will have your emotions all over the place.

If you are a shy person, try to find someone that’s stuck in the corner looking for a friend. If you are nervous, have someone that can guide and encourage you to be great at all things.

I know for me I can be an introvert or an extrovert. If I have known for a while, then it’s easy for me to make conversation. If I don’t know you, it takes me a minute to warm up.
Once I got over my nervousness, I was able to succeed in school. I made good grades. I had great friends. I was able to be in different clubs to help my community. I loved it. Sometimes, I wish I was back at it.

The advice I would say to any young person being in school is ‘be you.’ Don’t try to overdo it. Young people put too much pressure on themselves to be perfect for everyone. When all you have to do is sit back and relax.

It’s okay. You can do all the things you put your mind too. Don’t let anyone pressure you into doing something that makes you uncomfortable.

It’s not worth it. You are pleasing them but you need to please yourself first. Also, I would say love the person you are. Be in love with your goofiness, your snorty laugh, and how you present yourself.

Be in love with you. Don’t let anybody you have to be someone else when God made you to be you. If they don’t like, they will be plenty of people that will love you. One more thing, you are very intelligent. Don’t downplay your intelligence for anybody. If they want good grades, you tell them they need to work hard like you to get them.

Jatanda Thomas

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