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5 Tips for New Students

Being the new kid in school is never easy. You don’t know anyone, you don’t know much about the school, and you certainly don’t know your way around yet. It can be tough on you for a while until you find your way, but eventually it will all work out for the best.


If you are starting a new school soon and will be the new kid in town, the following information will help get you through it.


1. Give yourself time.

No new kid walked into school on the first day and became instantaneously popular or flooded with friends. Making friends, learning your schedule and catching up on work is going to take some time. As long as you understand that a miracle will not happen before first period, you will be okay. Just keep yourself positive and try to make friends whenever possible.


2. Talk first.

Even if you’re shy, it’s important to strike up a conversation with other students. A simple “hello” can go a long way, or sharing with another student how you like their outfit, backpack or hairstyle can also be a great way to start a conversation. If you start the conversation first, it will make other students open up to you more quickly.


If you try to start a conversation with someone who doesn’t seem interested, move on without feeling unmotivated. Some people are just jerks, and coming in contact with one shouldn’t ruin your whole day.


3. Join a club.

Being part of a club or team is a great way to meet new people who share your common interests. If you enjoy sports, try out for a team. If you like the arts, check out the school’s drama club, choir, art club or band. If sports and clubs have already started, ask the school office for a list of coaches or leaders you can contact to see if you would be able to join. Once you are on the team or in the club, make sure to talk to everyone in the group.


4. Catch up on your classes.

Your teachers will be able to provide you with work to do to help you catch up. It’s important that you do these assignments to help get you up to speed with the class so that you can accurately take part in discussions and projects. If you have trouble understanding something, ask your teacher for help. They don’t expect you to understand all of their lessons in one day, so it’s important to use their help to get a better understanding of the topic. The quicker you catch up on your classes, the less stressed out you’ll be.


5. Make one friend every day.

If you try to make a bunch of friends all at once, you’re going to become frustrated if it doesn’t work. Try to make one friend everyday, and use this method to build a great deal of friendships. Plus, the friend you make on the first day will be more than happy to introduce you to their friends, so you could end up with a big group of friends before you know it.


As long as you keep an open mind and stay positive, you will end up fitting in and finding friends in no time. Don’t give up and try to have as much fun as possible. Pretty soon, you’ll no longer be the new kid.


Garrett Payne is a student and school journalist.  He enjoys writing articles about sports, history, and tips for new students.  Garrett often uses a grammar checker to check his work.

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