Love and Middle School

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About Nick Florest

Nick Florest is an educator, writer, hip-hop artist, and host of "Rise Up Radio," a youth issues-based radio show that airs weekly on Fridays from 7pm-8pm EST on WBAI 99.5 FM and proud Brooklyn native. You can follow him on Twitter @VaryusWaise.


  1. The same advice that would help me out now: “take your time”.
    This was a nice article. You got me thinking about what i would say to teenage boys if they asked for my advice

  2. Brad Kelstrom says:

    This reminded me of something I learned in grad school. Something trivial to us as adults really is a big deal to a teenager because their world view is often so small. As you become an adult life experiences cause your view of the world to grow and expand. Therefore, to your student, this really may have been the worst thing that ever happened to him because it was! But to you, with more life experiences, it seems unimportant. He doesn’t know what you know as an adult because he hasn’t gotten there yet.

  3. Don’t give him any advice, he won’t take it without a whole lot of context anyway, and probably not even then. Just get him talking about how it feels for him. Tell him about how it felt for you when a girlfriend left you. Just talking about it will help him process it. And if he sees that you experienced some wicked heartbreak and survived, he’ll learn that he can too.

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