Thoughtful Words From a Walsh Grad and Former EZINE Writer- Cari Schlossberg


Thoughtful Words From a Walsh Grad and Former EZINE Writer –

by Cari Schlossberg

2008-2011. The three years I spent at Walsh Middle School. I gained friends, lost friends, got my first boyfriend, and got rejected by the same guy twice. Aside from academics, I had my share of struggles. Those three years were the same for me as they are for you:  puberty and awkward mood swings. Nevertheless, I had a difficult time. I was bullied, rejected by a guy who I thought I loved, and felt as though I did not have many friends. I tried to get the motivation to go to school each day, but I often felt disconnected from the world. When I got home, I’d walk along the train tracks near my house just to escape.

When I graduated in 2011, it was a very bittersweet realization that I’d be leaving that part of my life behind and going into High School. On the one hand I was excited to finally feel more mature. On the other, it was another, bigger school. Plus more people I didn’t know. It felt like it would be the most terrifying experience of my life.

A lot happened in the four years before I graduated from Framingham High. But I’m now an upcoming Junior at Framingham State University. I don’t have just one major, I have two. I’m doing the unthinkable by double majoring in Early Childhood Education and Psychology. I’m on track to graduate in the Spring of 2019, an accomplishment that seems so close yet so far away. I’m also a teacher at a daycare that I’ve worked at for over a year where I get to use my passion to work with two year olds. My point is, I’m succeeding and I know you will too. Life gets difficult way more often than it seems possible, but you’ll get there too!

One of the books I read to the kids at the daycare is called Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin. It’s a funny book about a cat, named Pete, who steps in paint and it changes the color of shoes. Something that’s so frustrating doesn’t phase him, Pete doesn’t care. But the last page of the book has a message that I’d like to leave with you all:

“No matter what you step in, keep walking along and singing your song. Because it’s all good.”

In other words, no matter how difficult life gets just remember that it will get better!

Yours truly,

Caroline (Cari) Schlossberg

Walsh Middle School

Walsh grade 8/Class of 2011


  1. Deborah Busa says:

    this is wonderful and an eye opener what kids go through!

  2. E-Zine Editors says:

    Thanks SO much for sharing these thoughtful words with us, Cari! Middle School years can be tough for some kids and you let them know that they aren’t the only ones going through these tough times….and that there is a lot more to look forward to in life after these middle school years!
    Thanks for thinking of us and wonderful to hear what you are up to these days!!

  3. Mr. Minihan says:

    This is incredible! My students and I plan to read and discuss.

  4. Beverly Peacock-Barge says:

    I am going to share this with students! They think that whatever struggle they are in now is forever. Love this.

  5. “I appreciate you”-DJ Khaled

  6. Thanks for the words of wisdom I can see why everything can bring a challenge that must be over come without fear. I’m only in 7th dough…


  7. I think this is what basically everyone can relate to. I love the way how you write to express those feelings.

  8. i love how in your first paragraph it was so relatable. Also i love how you also included how your relation ship was in middle/ high school.

  9. klaryssah says:

    I think this is very touching and that everyone can relate to.

  10. Sam Deveau says:

    This was so motivational and it will help me a lot going through midddle school.

  11. Isabella says:

    I love this, some of it is relatable and I love how you said no matter how difficult life gets just remember that it will get better that is like motivative to no matter how hard it is youll get through it.

  12. thanks for the advice!

  13. thanks for these motivational words

  14. This is so inspiring and will help me get through the end of the year.

  15. You should be a motivational speaker, this is very good and inspiring. I’m glad that everything turned out all right!

  16. Nelia F. Correa Patrick says:

    Hola Caroline
    What amazing insight to Middle School! Thanks so much for making the awkward seem normal and for letting others know that they too will rise above their current circumstances.

    It’s a pleasure to know that you will be a teacher and share that wisdom.

  17. maxim epstein says:

    That was very inspiring and I loved the connection to the book.

  18. This is really touching the the quote at the end of the book is very inspiring and I can definitely relate to most of the things you said up top. Love this <3

  19. Rachel Cabral says:

    thank so much for the inspiring piece of advice and this was very relatable.

  20. This was a very nice of you to take the time to write this. I thought it was very a beautiful and thoughtful message.

  21. Caroline W says:

    That is really good advice. It makes everyone who reads it realize that everything will turn out OK someday even if it is not great now.

  22. this was so cool and I loved your words of wisdom

  23. it was great and it tells a lot about what happened in your middle school years

  24. This is inspiring and relatable

  25. This was so inspiring and I am happy for you. Thank you for the advice!

  26. This was truly inspiring, thank you for the helpful insight. This will make middle school easier for me.

  27. Not only is this very inspiring, but i think many of us can relate to this.

  28. Thanks so much for those words Cari. It really helps to know that there are people that can not only fight through these tough times in middle school, but more importantly help all of us in middle school through the troubles that we are having. I’m very glad to hear that you are doing very well in college, and it is extremely inspiring to me, and I will try very hard to achieve the accomplishments you have.

  29. Nate young bull says:

    great motivation, and to always remember fear is not real, and always pursue in everything and not give up.

  30. Thanks that makes me feel better about when I’m ready to go to high school!

  31. great story and that was very motivational

  32. guillermo aka Gizmo says:

    it was great because it tells a lot of what shes been through in her school year like getting new friends and losing friends and getting her first boyfriend she made a good story what she’s been through

  33. Really good story, so inspiring and motivational!!

  34. SO inspiring! I love that book to! Thanks for sharing this with us!!<3

  35. Ryan Kish says:

    I sincerely appreciate your encouraging words, and thank you for sharing them with me in order to keep me going when things don’t always go my way.

  36. This is so inspirational and sweet. This article gives a lot of great motivation and details about your journey in middle school. This will definitely inspire me to keep trying in school and never give up.

  37. This truly is an inspiration and it really helps to see what someone else went through and how they handled it.

  38. I wonder how many kids feel the same way

  39. this is just great

  40. Mrs. Surro, Walsh Library says:

    hello Cari,
    I am so very happy for you! I know it took a lot of hard work on your part. You took the initiative to trudge through the hard times to get to the place where you are at now. How very rewarding, you must be so happy! Carry on feeling great about yourself, doing the things you love and continuing your education. I wish you all the best

  41. Marcia Harrison says:

    Hello, Caroline.
    Thank you for your beautiful writing. I don’t know you but I think you are so positive, and that is awesome. It is good to see the phases of life.
    Good luck in your career.
    Best of all today and always.

  42. I think it was a good idea to bring that idea up

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