Transition Tips for Middle School Students
- Increase your responsibilities at home. Assist with additional chores, supervise younger siblings, begin to practice cooking simple meals, etc.
- Prepare for the transition to High School by taking a tour with classmates or parents. Take time to learn how credits work (it's different than middle school), and make sure you several adults you can go to if you need help.
- Take charge of a portion of the grocery list. Plan a meal, list the ingredients, and try to find them in the store while remaining under budget.
- Talk to the adults in your life about work. What do they do for a job? What do they like about it? What don't they like? This will help you begin to think about what you are looking for in a job.
- Practice taking public transportation with a trusted adult. Have them make you the person in charge of figuring out which bus to take and which stop to get off at. You might also find directions to a destination and give them to an adult driving you around. This can help you learn the neighborhood streets and how to get around someday when you are the one driving.
- Begin to volunteer at a community agency or assisting a trusted neighbor on your street. It might lead to paid work, and even if not, it will give you a reference when you start to apply for paying jobs