Being the New Kid at School

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By Stefanie Maglio
There are several challenges that people must deal with in life. At one time or another, we all come across something that can be rather uncomfortable because it is new or unfamiliar. One of those things may be being the new kid at school. Being the new kid at school can seem like a scary thing, but it doesn’t have to be. There are several ways to make it a much easier and pleasant experience. First of all, the person must realize and accept that this sort of thing doesn’t happen right away. It shouldn’t be rushed or forced. Go with the flow, and take one thing at a time. Put yourself out there. Sit next to new people at lunch. Be friendly to everyone. Those who reciprocate the kindness will be worth your time, and those who don’t will not be worth your time. Most importantly, give yourself time to adjust to your new surroundings and your new schedule. Once you’re comfortable and adjusted, start getting involved! If you have a passion for sports, try out. If you’re into chess, join the chess club. The point is to do what you love. If you aren’t sure, then try something new. Hopefully the school has plenty of clubs, sports, add any other groups to offer. Go for something that catches your attention and give it a try! Guaranteed you’ll make friends along the way. It may also be a good idea to become friendly and familiar with your teachers. After all, they are there to help you. If you’re struggling with something in class, seek out your teacher for some one-on-one help. Not only will it help you, but the teacher will appreciate the effort that you have shown. This will also be beneficial when it comes time for recommendation letters, scholarships, and college applications. In no time, this new school won’t be so new anymore and you’ll fit right in!