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"It's the most wonderful time of the year..." Remember those Staples
commericals where the dad is pushing the cart down the aisle, skipping and dancing, and the kids are trudging like tortoises behind him with their heads down? That's right. It's back to school time, yet again.

About Me:

I'm 13 years old. I dance: ballet, pointe, lyrical, tap, and jazz. Basically,
the works. I'm a cheerleader at our public middle school. Of course, that's not what I'm known for. I'm the girl writer. I'm the one whose letter to the editor in the paper last year put her in the spotlight. Now I'm also the girl who writes stuff on the internet. They think I'm talented... So, I figure I might as well use it to my advantage and get started. After all, I'm going into 8th grade, which means that next year I'll be a freshman. I should start working towards what I want to be: a journalist. So, here I go. I'm writing the column Jen-i-Vision, and now I'm experimenting with this. It's fun! This is what I love to do: write!

Back to School:

In June we all love the feeling of breaking free. We trade school for sleep and partying. So you have to wonder why we all get excited about school in August.

It could be the thrill of getting a new wardrobe. Maybe we miss our friends too much. Whatever it is, it needs to be stopped.

If you think this way, you're not alone. We all get enthusiastic about going back. We all have our reasons, but for some reason our subconscious is always telling us it NEEDS to be stopped! It's not right! We're supposed to dread going back and to wish that we weren't forced to go back. But, for one reason or another, we always arrive on the first day of school smiling and hugging our friends.

So next time these thoughts cross your mind, remember it's okay. We all get this feeling. It's the way things work. We enjoy summer, and we actually enjoy school too, even if we have our off days or don't wish to admit it. Hey, if I can admit it, so can you.

The Jitters:

You've got some friends in your classes, but you don't know if anyone
familiar will be in you art class! What to do, what to do?!

Calm down. Don't get so nervous! Think back to a time when you went into something, such as an extra-curricular activity, and didn't know anyone. You made it through, right? You made friends.

Just think the same way now. I promise that if you think positive thoughts and are open and willing to make new friends, you'll get through just fine. It's fine to be a little jittery, but don't let your fears run your life.

Taking a Stroll Down Memory Lane:

We all miss our old teachers sometimes. You're in middle school, for
instance, and you miss your good ol' fourth grade teacher. You want to tell her all about things you've done since then.

It's okay to miss your old teachers. Make a time to visit them. Go back
sometime after school lets out for the day. If you can't visit due to another activity, email them. It's as easy as going to the school website. It's okay to remember, and it's even better when you go back.

Last but Not Least:

If you keep an open mind, you'll make it through school and it'll be summer before you know it. So if you're one of those people who is absolutely dreading school, try to be positive. You'll get back into the flow. Make it a great school year!

- Jen

(I'm not sure if I'll be continuing this text mag, so I can't promise you a
date if and when the next issue comes out. I hope you liked it just the same, however.)





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