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HOW MIDDLE SCHOOLERS ACTUALLY FEEL ABOUT HIGH SCHOOLERS

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Arielle Santos, Student Journalist

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Has anyone ever wondered how middle schoolers actually feel about the high schoolers they see around campus?

 

When high school students look back to how they viewed the older kids, it’s often that they find it quite hazy as it’s been a long time since they were middle school students. Are middle school students intimidated by older students or do they not care? Do they look up to them or do they notice things they want to avoid doing themselves in the future? Are they fine with the division between the two? Here are a few of our very own middle schoolers thoughts.

 

When asked about their general thoughts on high school students, 6th graders all seemed to have the same idea that high schoolers are very active. 6th grader Destiny Boley usually spots them doing splits or rehearsing lines. 7th graders seem to have the impression that high schoolers are nice and inspiring people to look up to. “I admire the high school students because they’re so confident,” says 7th grader Jordyn Gresham. Eve Keehr-Hines gives an example relating to her art form, “They could help you learn better and you could say ‘I’m gonna turn like this person’ if you’re in this dance program.” 8th graders all seem to have similar opinions as Rianni Cooper who believes, “High school students are sometimes friendly, and they like to do their own thing. They’re pretty open.” Overall, possibly since they’re the oldest of the middle schoolers, they have the impression that they’re ‘really chill.’

 

Generally middle schoolers believe that high schoolers are different because of their style, how put together they are in terms of school work, the larger amount of opportunities they have, and much more. 6th grader Caden Go thinks they’re weird because he often finds them dancing, singing, and playing music out of nowhere. 8th grader Lila Duong says, “They dress differently than us and wear a lot more makeup.” 7th grader Landyn Mercer also has some opinions on high school style. She’s inspired by their clothing because she believes they have very good fashion sense.  Another popular opinion of middle schoolers was similar to what 7th grader John Emance says, “They sing and show themselves in the public; they’re not shy.” 8th graders Khalea Bautista and Isaiah Surel commented on how they’ve noticed that high school students get a lot more attention than middle school students.

 

A good amount of middle school students have distinct memories of moments they’ve shared with high schoolers. 6th grader Jayden Love says a moment with a high schooler he will never forget was when he was getting his schedule. He tells us, “He helped me out and showed me where I needed to go.” Boley says she has had a similar experience: “On the second day of school when I was trying to look for one of my classes, a high schooler helped me find it.” “I have friends who are high schoolers, and they always help me out when I don’t know how to do something. I think that’s really important.” says Keehr-Hines. As stated before, many middle school students find their high school counterparts inspiring. 7th grader Myreya Becerril often reminisces about a time when a high schooler went into her art class. She says seeing the high schooler’s talent inspired her to improve her drawing skills as a future visual arts major. 7th grader Sophia Archuleta also notices the advanced artwork older students create. Almost all middle schoolers mentioned that the retreat planned by ASB was very memorable. Duong told us, “At the ASB retreat, I learned to spread kindness and show compassion,” and other students seem to agree.

 

Bautista wanted to give a special shoutout to senior Alex Moreno. She and many other middle schoolers appreciate everything he’s done for our middle school community. They also treasure how he opens up to them and how great of a friend he’s been.

 

Seeing older students on campus makes our younger schoolmates have different experiences and outlooks for their passions. 7th grader Eryng Garcia says, “I feel kind of intimidated because they’re older than me. I don’t know what they’ll think of me.” Some other students feel the exact opposite. For example, Gresham has a completely different perspective on the older students. She states that she feels as if the older students are her protectors, and she believes they’re here on campus to protect the younger students. 8th graders share the same feelings with Surel when he says that as he grew up, he became less intimidated and more comfortable with them.

 

All middle schoolers who were interviewed believe there should be a better relationship between high school students and middle school students. They say they would cherish having a high schooler to turn to for guidance since they know what their younger schoolmates should expect as they become older. 7th grader Joel Vettel brought up an issue he’s noticed since being at this school. He says, “I think it should be more like having high school classes and middle school classes right next to each other versus some on one end of the campus and sixth grade classes way on the other side of the campus.” A common idea mentioned for building a bond between high school and middle school was having classes together or having after school activities not being exclusive for only high school or only middle school. Other thoughts included buddy days and days where middle school students get to introduce themselves in high school classrooms.

 

Conclusively, middle school students view their older counterparts in a mostly positive light and wish for more opportunities for high school students to inspire, bond, and be there for them.

 

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