5 Easy tips to make new friends in high school
How to cope after moving grades
Moving up in the world from Grade 7 to Grade 8 is a huge achievement – well done. As we bid a happy ‘goodbye’ to an awesome primary school experience, here are some tips on how to make new friends.
Starting a new grade and school is not an easy task, but there’s no need to freak out and wonder if you’ll cut it on the new social scene. It’s completely normal to feel weird and unsettled at a new place, and to miss your old friends.
Don’t worry, you are totally going to rock it, make new friends and make the school your home.
1. Say hello
A simple ‘hello’ is the first step to making new friends. In many instances, people are scared to give the first greeting, because they are shy. By putting yourself out there, it shows that you are friendly and approachable.
2. Ask questions
Many people prefer to talk about themselves, so why not play to that? We totally get that you may be a bit shy, but asking people questions about themselves shows that you are interested in them.
Questions are a brilliant ice breaker, especially if the other person likes talking. It also sets up a more than likely scenario of where they will ask a question in return, which fuels the conversation.
3. Look your best
Confidence plays a major role in making new friends. It gives you the courage to attempt to forge new relationships.
It’s also well known that when you look your best, you feel your best. Wear the clothes that make you feel good and also make the effort to be well groomed.
Check out this article for great confidence-boosting tips.
4. Don’t force it
While it’s fantastic that you take the initiative to make new pals, it’s also important to be aware of social boundaries.
There are few things worse than when a person comes on too strong – try to have a good handle on not overstepping your social boundaries. If you can sense that the other person has no intention to connect with you, respect their decision and don’t force it.
5. Join a team
Joining a team of any sorts will allow you to interact and socialise with a brand new group of people – you’re guaranteed to make new friends.
The best advice we can give you is to smile and be yourself. Knowing that you’re not the only one who’s feeling this way also helps, just remember that others are also going through the same thing as you – moving grades and trying to make new friends.
Written by Lauren Espach
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