Having the most trendy clothes, being popular, playing sports are just some of the ways middle school students try to fit in. During this age range the "need to belong" is a relatively new feeling and is at an all time high. The number one thing on many middle school students' minds is to be "cool" and to be highly liked by peers. The desire to fit in is a way of life at this point of time in the life of many kids. Think back to when you were in middle school, do you remember having this dire need to fit in? I remember the increase of needing to belong during this period of my life. When I think back I remember wanting to get the coolest new clothes for school. These clothes were not just for me, but largely to impress my friends. At this age period we tend to put great emphasis on impressing our friends; feeling cool makes us feel like we do fit in. I remember changing schools in sixth grade, middle school was a scary thought, as we would now be changing classes and having new classmates. Of course it is natural to want those classmates to like you and to meet new friends, so we strive to impress them. During this time of adolescence most kids have not yet found out who they truly are, it is a time for experience. At this age we tend to lack decision making skills, confidence in one's self, and are especially afraid of being alone; making it also a time period that is associated with many risk factors. The importance of peers is at an all time high during these middle school years, as they are spending more time at school and after-school activities/clubs. With these busy schedule middle school students tend to be around peers without adult supervision more often, there relationships with their parents tend to take second place during this period of life. Nobody wants to feel alone or isolated, especially when your peers play such a huge role in your life, so with all of these new experiences and pressures it only make sense this "need to belong" feeling is at an all time high during this period of life.