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Dear Dish-it: I Have To Go To Summer School

Jun 16, 2010

Dear Dish-it,


I can't believe it! I failed a couple classes and now my parents are making me go to summer school! So basically while they go on vacation with my sister I'll be stuck with my grandma going to school every day with the bad kids. How can I make sure this doesn't wreck my whole summer? And how am I supposed to tell my friends?


bbmme


Dear bbmme,


Sorry to hear you have to go to summer school. I know it can put a bit of a damper on your supposed-to-be “time off.” But honestly, it’s not that bad - I'm sure it won’t ruin your entire summer.


Second Chance

Summer school’s a bit of a bummer. But if you let it get you down, it will just be like a dark storm cloud that follows you around. If you’re optimistic, things will definitely brighten up for you. Look at summer school as a chance to set things right for yourself. People fail classes all the time. But when you take it again, chances are things will click into place and go over a lot smoother.


Friendly Faces

Summer school is always associated with the “bad” kids. But think about it: you’re not a bad kid. You just failed a class. There are other “good” kids who failed classes too who are probably feeling the same way you are. Just because someone has to go to summer school doesn’t mean they aren’t nice or a good person. Give your summer schoolmates a chance. Who knows, you may make some friends.


Chit Chat

When it comes to telling your buddies, if you don’t make a big deal out of it, they won’t either. Let them know it’s really no biggie because you’ll still have plenty of time to hang out with them. If they do start judging you, maybe they’re not really your friends after all. Just because you made a mistake doesn’t mean you’re dumb. Your real friends respect you and your choices, and they already know you’re a smart kid.


Sound Off

Have you ever had to go to summer school? How did you handle it? Have your say by leaving a comment below this story!


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Dear Dish-It In The Forums

bookwormlestrange
I don't have ADHD, but I know plenty about it. One of my friends has ADHD and Tourette's, and the teachers were always turds about it. Anyway, i think that a good way to deal with ADHD acting up is either changing medication or trying to eat foods or drinks with caffeine. I'm not sure if it works for you, but a lot of people with ADHD have seen significant improvements after putting caffeine in their systems. If your friends are acting like turds, you need better friends. I hope my advice helps.
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SmartSunnyShadow
I have one so annoying sister, that it feels like I have 200 of them, oh my god. She's pounding on the door right now, HELP! 
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SmartSunnyShadow
Dad, obviously. I can't even explain what he does to me!
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SmartSunnyShadow
Well, if they are your BFFs, they shouldn't be teasing you to make you feel bad. Me, and my BFFs tease each other all the time playfully, but I understand that this is different, and if it's making you feel bad it isn't playful at all.   Maybe your eldest friend is having some trouble with family issues, bad grades, body changes, etc. It's okay to be angry, so maybe you should leave her space for a few days, and see if it turns better. If it isn't, then try to first make her calm down. Then, make her talk to you about why she is so angry and ask if you can try to help. If nothing turns out better, tell her that you feel uncomfortable, and you want her to talk to you.  For your 3rd eldest friend, support her as much as possible, and stand up for her in this terrible situation. If you are all BFFs, then you should all be very close and comfortable around each other, and the fight shouldn't last long. If not, they are not your real friends, and you have to go on without them. I have tons of advice on how to make new friends, so just ask me if you want to know. Your 2nd eldest friend seems to be the main problem.  First of all, tell her to stop, and say how you don't like her bullying you. You must say what she is doing wrong, and how it makes you feel. If she doesn't care, tell her you're serious, and you hate what she is doing to you. If it continues, ignore what trash she is saying, and just simply walk away. Focus on other things that will help make you feel better. Remember, all she is is a person, and it's up to you to act appropriately.  Stay positive, and calm. Focus on other things, and if she continues, tell her that you can all be friends and you miss her. Go get another friend to stand up with you, and tell her that you will report to an adult if she won't stop. She may be your friend, but she deserves it. I told on my BFF when she was mean, so it's all okay now.  If all else fails, get a trusted adult, and hang out with nicer friends. Your other friends will learn from their mistakes. If not, warn them, and give them a sincere kindness note of how you miss being friends. Then, also give one to the bully.
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AnnaOfExquizurd
Yeah, @CyclonicBass the best option really is to find a girl with a quirky personality. Become friends with her. Possibly, over time, she'll grow close to you and accept a request to be with you. Hope it goes well!
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