Last year, around this time, I wrote an article about going back to school. If you read that, you might remember that I was beginning my first year of middle school, and that I was excited, but nervous.

Well, it’s that time of year again, but this year, it’s not my first year of middle school… so I kind of know what’s going on. For instance, you might recall that I was slightly nervous about switching classes — that I might be late, etc. This year though, I already know that it works fine.

But that’s not the only example. Things like advisory (our version of what might have been ‘homeroom’ for you) and PA (performing arts) class won’t be new to me.

Strangely enough, one year later, some of those things are what I’m most looking forward to. Either it’s a coincidence, or there’s a perfectly good reason for that irony that I’m just not seeing.

But there’s still going to be new things, and I’m kind of nervous for those (although that’s not terribly surprising). That’s things like my teachers, our new units, new schedules, etc.

But then there’s also things that have always been the same — things like my classmates, the underlying principles of how my school works, and even just knowing my way around. Those are, to me, my “safe zone” — if you will. I know how those things work and I’m comfortable with them.

These are perhaps my favorite part of returning to school because I’m more comfortable with them than any other part.

Overall, I’m really excited to be going back to school. I love school because it’s so much fun, and we learn a ton. Maybe that’s what is really the best part!

What was your favorite part of returning to school? Did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments below.