The sixth-grader at Beachwood Middle School spends eight weeks of summer at a sleepaway camp in Wisconsin. When he isn't water-skiing or rock-climbing with his camp friends, he lives in Beachwood with his parents, an older sister and younger brother.
I guess I fear falling behind or making a life-changing choice. Should I have done this or done that. I worry about things I could have done better or should have done and the result that might happen.
I feel like I used to overthink a lot more. But as I grew older, I started to think of situations that aren't totally unrealistic — like I used to think of. As you grow older, you have more knowledge, just common sense. If you have bigger common sense, you can eliminate things that can't happen.
I feel like for the most part, I make good choices. I don't put myself in bad positions, or other people. I try to lie low at times, because I want to stay out of things like that.
A lot of [school] depends on the teacher for me. Last year I liked something because I liked the teacher, but this year the teacher isn't as good. It's kind of hard to describe. The first impression you make on the teacher and the teacher makes on you — that's what you know. That's your boundary for how you should act in the class. Even though everyone says the first two weeks of school are nothing, I think they're one of the most important times.