How to Keep a Clean Reputation at a New School

We've all been there. Well, at least a few of us. Changing schools is hard, especially if you are going to a smaller/cliquey school. It is also tough coming from home school or just being naturally worried about social situations. If this is you, you're reading the right article.


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    Understand that changing schools is just a transition and will soon be over. You are not permanently the "new kid". When you first arrive, everyone tries to get to know you. This is normal.
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    Don't try to act like everyone else. Be yourself, and you will end up with friends who like you for who you are, not someone you're pretending to be.
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    Try to open up as you meet new people. Start engaging in others' activities or groups. Don't just walk up and start talking, though. This can be taken as weird or desperate.
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    Start by finding an opening. An appropriate example would be like this: Let's say a kid does a presentation on 'Minecraft'. If your interests are similar, don't stress, but also don't miss the opportunity to talk to him/her. You can say something along the lines of "Your presentation was really good!" When they reply, continue the conversation. If you and that person get along, congratulations! You've made a friend! Continue trying to build friendships. The more friendships you build, the better network of friends you have, making your life a bit easier, as almost everywhere you go in the school there should be at least one person you know.
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    Once you have a group of friends, try not to bring up profanity, vulgar language, or obscenity in your conversations.
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    Keep your words to a limit. Although people will be interested in you and ask you questions, don't just go letting out every secret of yours - ask them about themselves.
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    Always listen to the person speaking, even if it's not interesting. They listened to you, so you should return the favor.
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    Maintain a good reputation.
    • Try not to be too negative. Instead of, "Ugh, oh my gosh, I hate my parents. They never let me do anything." say something like this: "Man, I wish my parents would let me do more". The first sentence makes you sound stressed, rude, and overall just a mad person, but the second sentence seems a bit less negative. People always prefer to be friends with positive people!
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    Don't tell everyone about anything bad you did at your old school. Start off with a clean slate!
    • Don't show anger or jealousy towards other students. Have respect for even the meanest student. Always keep a nice face, and not a frowning, squinted face. Squinting makes you look unapproachable and rude.
    • If you don't know about a subject, don't talk about it! It's really annoying when people try to act like they know about something when they actually don't.
    • Be honest. If you lie, someone will find out eventually, and it will just make possible new friends think you are a dishonest person, and they won't want to be friends with you anymore.
    • Be nice and caring to everyone. Always make peace and do not start drama.


  • Have fun! Don't slouch around with the friends you've made. If you want to keep them, you're going to have to be an entertaining person.
  • Even if you're stressed, don't try ranting to someone about your problems. It makes you sound whiny.
  • If you feel like you've already lost your chances at having a good reputation, don't give up. Your life is a story and in stories we learn things. Understand that you are not alone! You are special and still learning! When you make mistakes, learn from them. Forget them, put them behind you tonight. Wake up tomorrow with a fresh start.

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