What's it like to be 13 years old? Six students at Brockhill Park in Hythe, Kent, share their reflections
When you turn 13 your past childish habits, interests and hobbies go - soon to be replaced with new ones. And old feelings go - to be replaced by new ones. Instead of backing down from an argument, you boldly fight your cause. One feeling is the sense of injustice as I write this - that's what I'm feeling now. It's a bit of a daunting prospect to think that in three years you will be able to get married. At this age girls start to play a major part in your life, though you may not know it at the time.
Being 13 is great! Finally a teenager. Seems great, doesn't it? Well, in many ways it is, but not all the time. Teachers, they never shut up! They are always moaning at everything you do! But the good thing is you're not a little kid any more. Another bad thing is boys! While we are having periods and spots, boys are off enjoying being 13. How unfair is that? Boys get it blooming easy! Parents, why oh why do they not understand anything? I had a huge zit on my forehead the other day. Mum said they're just part of life! Part of life my a**e!
To be 13. The release of hormones and puberty changing your body from a rectangle to a triangle. Your life becomes harder and harder as kids laugh at you due to parts of puberty taking hold. And there are parts of puberty that aren't always a good thing. It's the start of a new life where you start to be opinionated - you forget the principles and you worry about what other people think of you. Like, if you get a zit you still have to go to school and face the consequences. People just don't realise how hard it is being a kid.
Growing up is like a flower that opens in spring. Waking up and feeling a new you. It's like you have grown from a seed to the person you are.
Looking after yourself is the next stage in maturing. It is like you have a new system - the plug is inserted and the stage begins. Your brain is developing and at the same time getting smarter. Thinking more wisely also helps you to do more about your anger - your hormones jump all over the place causing all sorts of emotions. More is expected of you because you are older.
Being sleepy is one of the worst things around. Same thing with teachers, really. And early mornings when you have to get up for work or school.
Sometimes coffee helps me to wake up. Plus being little, looking like a six-year-old. Why do I look like a baby? Why, just why? Anyway teachers, they're so annoying - they go, "Blah, blah blah!" Sometimes, I get bored and lonely because I'm an only child, but I love my dog, even if her hair gets everywhere. How come school is so boring? Not to mention rainy days? Rainy days are so miserable. No, no, not more rain. Rain, rain, go away and don't come back another day! When I'm in a bad mood, everything goes wrong and I feel angry and upset. Sometimes I cry, and sometimes I bang the door and sit in my bedroom and I don't have to talk to anyone until I feel better.