‘Being nervous is natural’ when starting middle school

Middle school can be an awkward stage in life for kids. Many former elementary school students will be starting the year in a building with new rules, new faces and unfamiliar surroundings. 

It can be a little scary. It's alright to be nervous on the first day. The school may seem a little bigger, the hallways may seem a little longer, but that's no reason to shy away from asking for help if you're new to middle school.

"The best thing they can do is to raise their hand if they have a question," said Josh May.

May and Allison Hobbs are guidance counselors at Paducah Middle School.  It's their job to make sure your student transitions into their new surroundings.

"It's the fear of the unknown," said Hobbs.

Three elementary schools make up Paducah Middle School. New faces will go along with a new school.

"It takes a little time, and they get used to one another and make friends with each other," said Hobbs.

Amoz and Azmon Anderson went through the jump start program, lead by Robert Tyler. It's a week-long session to help middle school seem less scary.

"Opening up lockers, the size of the building and interacting with seventh and eighth graders: Those were some of the biggest fears that students had," said Tyler.

Going to middle school could mean more classes. It could mean more students, but what could be toughest is trying to figure out a locker.

"If you don't know what you're doing, it's really hard to get," said Natalie Besaw.

Lockers are the biggest concern, but with a little help, Besaw opens the tall metal door with ease.

"We'll always take care of you. We'll always be here. And it's going to be fine, and you're going to make it," said Hobbs.

Being nervous is natural. We all went through middle school, and so can you.

If you're a parent with questions about middle school, don't hesitate to call the school's guidance counselor to check on your child's progress.

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