One of the hardest things to do is switch schools. Here are a few tips if you ARE the new student and a few tips if you want to HELP a new student:
I'm A New Student—UGH!
- Even before school starts, check out your neighborhood to see if there are any kids about your age. Ask about catching the bus, good groups to join and what to wear on the first day of school.
- Find out if there will be an open house or an early school activity (like a football game) that you can attend and meet some new friends.
- On the first day arrive early to find your locker, homeroom and the lunchroom. Tell your homeroom teacher you are new and ask him or her to introduce you to a few people the first day.
- Look for clubs and sports to join. These activities are natural friendship-builders, plus you'll meet people with the same interests as you!
I Want to Help a New Student!
First, it is pretty cool that you are willing to help out new students. It makes a difference when the "veterans" take a rookie or two under their wings.
You're in a good position to recognize new people, so seek them out the first week. You can really help out if you:
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- Smile and introduce yourself!
- Offer to help find classroom/locker.
- Invite the new student to sit with your friends at lunch.
- Talk with the new kids about sports and activities that you're in.
- Invite a new student to come to your house after school for studying or an outdoor activity.
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