From Homeschooler, to Public Schooler

The Adventures of being a "homeschooler" in a Public School.

Labels

As a teenager, you are given a “label”; something that sums up everyone’s judgments about you in a few words. No matter how popular a person gets, they will still have some bogus label that someone made up to tear them down. You wouldn’t believe some of the things I’ve been labeled by people I don’t even know, I’ve been called lesbian, goth, emo, nerd, hipster, I’ve even been called a slut. Whenever people try to stick me with things such as those, I just laugh. It’s like “Wow, you really don’t know anything about me.” Adults say children are mean, but they don’t understand how mean. Getting called gay by one person one time is not the worst thing in the world, but rumors like that spread like wildfire on a dry plain. I even had my boyfriend come up to me and ask me if it was true. Bullying isn’t something that someone can just outgrow, when you’ve been bullied once that pain spreads and consumes your heart and next thing you know, you’re spending lunch inside with teachers to escape the torment of your peers. I can’t say that I’ve ever been bullied to that extent, but I know that it does happen, it happens everyday and no one does anything to protest it!

I highly recommend watching this video, it’s so inspirational.

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The Notebook Toss

In my final class of the day, I have a college and career studies class which is usually consumed by my teacher yelling and ridiculing her students. So, here’s a bit of background on my teacher: She has AD/HD, she likes to pull girls hair, and she is the most immature 48 year old ever! She has no idea how to handle students who are “out of control” and I’ve seen her go as far as pulling girls hair and throwing student’s notebooks at a 7th grader. And that brings us to todays story.

My teacher was grading our notebooks while the students sat and worked on a quizz. She begins shaking her head and calls up a student (lets call him Brody) up to her desk. She proceeds to tell him that his notebook is garbage and she tosses it over her desk and onto the floor next to Brody’s feet. Brody’s eyes immediately lit up and he picked up his notebook and threw it at my teacher! She threw it right back at him and he began cursing at her and then stormed out of the room and said he was going home. Gotta love public school teachers!

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Introduction

I am a 13 year old 8th grader with an outgoing personality and a love for writing. I’ve been homeschooled almost all my life though I have had my fair share of school experiences in the past. Now, I know what you may be thinking: “Oh a homeschooler, she must a socially awkward friek!” Not so shockingly that’s the reaction I am most used to hearing. Well it’s quite the opposite actually, I have the same (if not more) social skills than the majority of regular “public schoolers”. Many kids these days are incredibly uncomfortable in communicating with adults and older students, but as a homeschooler I have had many opportunities to bond with adults and students as old as college freshmen. In fact my two best friends are a freshman and a junior in high school. I have grown up with two amazing parents and one older brother (16). My family is very grounded and we try to focus on bonding and just having a good time while not getting too stressed over work, drama, and money.

So now that you know some about my background, it’s time to explain what this blog will be about. Well, one week ago I enrolled myself in a mainstream public junior high school and this blog will act as my own public journal. You’ll get an inside look of what goes on inside the walls of a middle school, drama, teachers, and an overall look at public school from a middle schoolers eyes.

I hope you enjoy :)

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