Starting a New SchoolIf you moved and have to start at a new school, I bet you are nervous of what is going to happen on that first day, or during the first week. Making friends at a new school is actually pretty easy. You will be surprised at the amount of people willing to open up to you and get to know you, just because you're new. It's true! Remember any movie you have watched with someone moving to a new school, and think back to what happened on that first day. I bet everyone in the class was wondering, "who is that new kid?" This is your chance to show them who you are, because they definitely want to know! If you're still worried, I have included some tips for you to make new friends and meet new people.
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Just say Hi!You will not be shunned for saying, "Hello," to someone. I am about 99.9999% sure that that anyone you say hello to will say it back, and they will probably even starting talking to you more. Students in your classroom are probably just as nervous about meeting you, as you are about meeting them. Take initiative and let them know you're not afraid just because you're new.
Get Involved.Schools offer plenty of extracurricular activities for students. It is important for the students to utilize these opportunities, especially if you're new to school. Clubs and sports programs are great ways to meet new people who have similar interests to you. Why would someone who doesn't enjoy playing sports, join the football team? They most likely wouldn't. You may feel more at ease talking to people who can relate to you, than just jumping in to talk to people you know nothing about.
Neighbors.If you are at a new school, then you most likely moved to a new area, as well. Have you noticed any kids running around your neighborhood? Some of them may be your neighbors and that makes it so much easier to make a long term friend. If they live close by then you will probably hang out with them more than you would someone who doesn't live close to you at all. Maybe you should talk to them before you even start that first day? Meeting someone that goes to your school before starting school is a good tactic. In that event, you will feel much more confident knowing that you are not all alone at the school and instead, have at least one person you know you can talk to without problems.
May I sit here?Observe your surroundings and take note of the people who are sitting or standing alone. Sometimes those people just want a friend, but they, like you, don't know where to begin to meet people or they are way too shy. If you go up to them and introduce yourself, it would probably make their day. Everyone wants friends, and sometimes it is just harder for people to make that leap into opening up to someone.
Look Presentable.Most people take the first day seriously and they dress really nice so that people will notice them. You don't have to go that far, unless you want to, but you should take the time out to make sure that you don't look like a slob or a homeless person. People tend to avoid others that they are turned off by.
Old Friends.If all else fails, you should keep in contact with your friends from your previous school. There are tons of ways to keep in touch with them: online, on the phone, letters, etc. Maybe you don't even live much further from your old town? If that is the case, then you should meet up with your old friends every once and a while! However, don't rely on your old friends to be your only friends. It is important to have friends everywhere you go, so there is always someone there for you.
I hope these tips will help you open up to the students at your new school. Just don't be shy to the point that people think you can't speak. The students aren't avoiding you, they are just as afraid of you as you are of them. So, don't let them see that you are afraid of them, and take that first step! You will be glad that you did.
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