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Listen Up! Advice to Your Adolescent Self

Deb Levy

Deb Levy is the Director of Marketing & Communications at ExpandED Schools.

Thanks to everyone who sent a note welcoming a 6th grader to middle school! Hundreds of students in the Bronx kicked off the new year with notes from people all over the country, and even around the world, who shared their memories of middle school along with the best advice they received as an adolescent.

But sometimes, the advice you receive as a tween or teen becomes even more valuable as the years go on. So we share some of these words of wisdom with all of you!

Stay true to who you are.

Growing up is already challenging; why do it being someone you’re not?

Be kind to everyone.

Don’t sweat the small stuff. It might seem big now, but it won’t later.

You've got to eat a peck of dirt before you die. (A peck is 2 gallons!) It means, it won’t hurt you to get dirty and explore. 

Positivity and optimism can help you through the deepest of struggles.

Care less about what everyone else says or thinks and more about what you know to be right.

Put yourself in others’ shoes before judging them.

Own your unique strengths.

Be the youiest you that you can.

Work hard and do the very best you can,
but remember to play and have fun.

Brush and floss your teeth.

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. 

Better to have one good friend who cares about you than knowing a bunch of people who make you feel bad about yourself.

Other people's successes are not your failures. You tell your own story!

Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world. 




Have more words of wisdom to share with ExpandED students? Feel free to add your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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