Tons of media out there portray middle school as some sort of competition for popularity. This is the kind of thing that scared the crud out of me in elementary school. In Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the main character sees his middle school as a prison. In Dork Diaries, there’s this mean, pretty, rich blonde named Mackenzie that wants to make the protagonist’s experience horrible. The truth is, not everyone is gonna stab you in the back at school. I’m just here to point out the obvious things that simply may never happen.
1. Mean girls
Fantasy: Your typical on-screen mean girl has perfect everything. Perfect shoes, perfect, hair, perfect wardrobe, perfect friends, perfect life. Typically blonde. They hate everyone who isn’t a carbon copy of themselves or her friends. They usually say things like, “You are such a loser!” or, “I’m sooo pretty.”. Little do they know that one day, the protagonist will overthrow their reign of terror over the middle school.
Reality: No one really cares about the popular kids except other popular kids. It sounds mean, but it’s true. All the other kids care more about school work and their own friends to worry about some random girl who thinks his/her outfit is ugly. Otherwise, they fire back something sarcastic, and move on with their day.
Fantasy: There is a very distinct line between the dream-boats, the nerds, and the total freaks. The dream-boats tend to be the male version of a mean girl, minus the mean. Perfect looks, next-to-perfect personality, and they are always doing amazing romantic gestures for the protagonist. You know, roses in the locker, picking up her stuff, the famous finger-tip-touch. The works. The nerds are basically the same nerds we always see in media. They have glasses, pocket protectors, and excel in every subject except being popular. The freaks are grungy, dirty, smelly, and kind of demented. They are the people that make an appearance once and say something either sadistic, gross, or just plain creepy.
Reality: All boys in middle school are the same. They play a sport, they’re always a tad show-offy, and they all wear Jordans and Nike’s. Even when they do have a crush, they never really have confidence to do a romantic gesture. Although one boy may be more annoying than another, as far as I know, most guys I’ve met in school are the same.
Fantasy: PILES! PILES OF HOMEWORK EVERYWHERE! Two essays from your english teacher, fifty problems from your math teacher, you need to finish the lab report for science class, and let’s not forget that project in history. You’ll be up till three in the morning. And then when you get to school, you’ll literally fall asleep in class or come in with bunny slippers. Baggage check for you eyes in needed.
Reality: Really, you may get a few problems from math, but if you finish work in school, all you usually have to do is read and study. Seriously! Middle School is not that tough if you try!
Fantasy: All teachers are usually super old. The men have toupees and wear a lot of sweater vests. The women either have bright orange hair or grey hair, and wear cardigans and typically love cats (except for the gym teachers. They can really look however they want as long as they’re in a sweatsuit). The teachers always seem like they’re out to get the protagonist, like, “You did not finish the homework!? I AM FAILING YOU FOR LIFE!”
Reality: Most teachers are nice. The perfect teacher is nice at a good time, and strict (but not mean) at a good time. They acknowledge that you are trying your hardest and help you if and when you need it. It’s just that simple. There’ll may be that one teacher you think is out to get you but really they’re trying to help you.
So, that’s it! These are the top misconceptions I had when I was in fifth grade. I hope this helped your view on Middle School.