How to Feel at Home at a New School

The nervous jitters that come with attending a new school affect almost every student whose had to experience a move or transfer. This can leave you feeling homesick, scared, and definitely alone. Normally (as a situation of eustress), you'll be feeling nervous or scared, yet excited or happy at the same time. Here is a step-by-step guide to feeling at home at a new school.


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    Reassure yourself. There's no possible way that you won't make friends - even if you think you were the weirdest kid at school, there's still going to be some kids in every grade who are similar to you and are willing to be your friend. Calm your jitters by calling or texting your friends about it, and remember to bring a smart electronic so you can message them throughout the first day. Speaking with past friends is the best way to feel better about a new school.
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    Be yourself. Be the person you want to be. That doesn't mean you have to idolize someone, but if you want to improve your appearance, hygiene, personality, etc., you can do that as well. Otherwise, don't be afraid to show who you are. The best remedy is to be yourself.
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    On your first day, text or message your old friends throughout the day. They might have been through it too, and will know how it is. Don't be afraid to make new friends, though! Introduce yourself to kids sitting around you, and sit with a small group or an individual at lunch. Find things in common with them, sincerely compliment anything you like about them, and ask questions about classes. Once you seem good enough together, ask if you share any classes later and maybe if you can sit near them.
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    Do things you and your old friends used to. Maybe you took pictures together, showed each other pictures of cute celebrities, texted each other from across the school, or chatted about random stuff. It doesn't matter, just do you.
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    Smile. If a happy person is what you used to be, a happy person should be what you are now. Smile, walk standing straight, and keep your chin up. This makes you approachable and obviously a friendly person, so act that way!

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