THE difficulty of starting a new school is both influenced by the academics and social aspects of the new place. Don’t worry. These tips will help you relieve the stress of being “the new kid” once you step inside the school.
Engage: Engage in class. Don’t sit in the back of the classroom and doodle in the margins and drool on your desk. Raise your hand, ask questions, and interact with your teachers and classmates. Teachers will see you are interested in learning and you will feel more comfortable talking in front of people. Everyone will expect you to be shy and insecure writing notes, but you will come off as an approachable individual.
Get involved: Ask around about the various school clubs. Join a club you wanted to before but didn’t. Play a new sport or try out for the school play or musical. Exploring different talents or opportunities available will help you learn what your strengths are and what you are passionate about. Give the odd and popular clubs a chance; you never know where your calling will be.
Judging a Book: In my experience, the old saying is true. You cannot learn everything about a person in a glance. Take the time to meet and get to know your classmates. Maybe the snobby blond girl sitting behind you in history will become your best friend, or you may have the one of the most intellectual conversations with the class clown.
Hanging Out: Pick your friends carefully. Friends can positively and negatively influence you. Don’t outcast those who are different than you but consciously choose with who and where you hang out outside of school.
Remember, “the new kid” label can be dropped as soon as the school day is over. Be confident in who you are and don’t be scared to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Learn what kind of person you want to be and improve your strengths and work on your weaknesses. Your new adventures await!