Smart Girl's Guide to: Middle School! (podcast transcript + video)

In this episode, 16-year-old actress, producer, and my amazing Smart Girl’s Podcast co-host Shay Rudolph and I chat about the transition from elementary school to middle school, and all of the new, scary, and EXCITING things we face as we start a new school!

We cover everything from navigating new friendship groups to staying on top of schoolwork and juggling all of the extracurriculars, to dealing with the anxiety of making new friends.

We are joined by the incredible Sway Bhatia, actress, singer, dancer, and comedian from Disney+’s The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers. Sway gives tips about how she navigated these changes in Middle School and leaves ALL listeners with some practical advice that they can apply to their own journey in starting a new school or a new grade!

This episode is perfect for tweens, teens or adults who are raising them!

You can also watch full episodes of the show on The American Girl Podcast Network channel on YouTube and YouTube kids.

See the full transcript of the episode below video.

0:00:10.9 Jess Weiner: Hey everybody, welcome to the Smart Girl's Podcast.

0:00:13.0 Shay Rudolph: I'm Shay.

0:00:13.9 JW: And I'm Jess and today we are talking about...

0:00:16.7 SR: Middle school.

0:00:17.8 JW: Middle school.


0:00:20.0 JW: I mean, this is probably one of the most sought after books from the Smart Girl's Guide outside of the Care and Keeping of You is this middle school book, which is Everything You Need to Know About Juggling all of the Homework, the Teachers, the Friends. This is what this episode is inspired by. Right, Shay? We wanted to tackle all things middle school, because in our young lives it's a huge moment for us. Now, you're closer to middle school then me [chuckle] so you go first.