Listen y’all, changing schools can be intimidating. Your chances of getting lost on the first day suddenly increase by like 100, you have to meet new people, follow new rules, and heaven forbid, maybe even sit by yourself during lunch on the first day. I’ve been there a grand total of 14 times, so I consider myself an expert on being the “new kid”. Turns out it’s never as terrifying as we imagine it being, and today I have a few tips to help you navigate a new school!
Talk to People!
I am definitely guilty of putting my headphones in and not even LOOKING at anyone for a full school day. Trust me, as much as I love bumpin’ to some Justin Bieber, it’s way more fun to try and get to know people! Say hi to whoever you sit next to in class, and ask them about themselves! As cheesy as this sounds, you have to be the kind of friend you want to have. I can’t even tell you how many times my mom told me that one, haha! But honestly, reach out and get to know other people and chances are you’ll find a few people who you get along with super well. Also, look out for other people who are new to the school. They’re in the same boat as you, and trust me, they’ll be happy to find a fellow “new kid”.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions! I can’t even tell you how many times I got lost in the maze of a new high school and needed to ask for directions. Or zoned out while a teacher was talking and needed a summary of the entire lesson. Or got in trouble for a rule I didn’t even know existed and had to ask for clarification. Or forgot a person’s name seconds after learning it…you get the idea. Just ask!
The best way to meet new people and make friends is by getting involved at your school! I’ve done everything from cheer, to dance committee, to a service club, to show choir, to bible study, to theater etc etc. Participating helps you to interact with others and make new friends, which is a good thing! Chances are your school has something you’re interested in. Side note: most clubs provide food, so that’s always a bonus.
Changing schools really isn’t as scary as it seems. Look at it as an opportunity to grow and meet new people. Chances are, it’s going to be a little awkward, but then what isn’t awkward in your teenage years? Let’s be real! Make the best out of whatever situation you’re in, and you’ll have a great school year! Good luck, love you guys!