Don't Just Be Another Number
By Lauren, age 19, California
Sweet Advice Featured Columnist
Is this your first year at a new school and you don't know anyone? Are you concerned about no one liking you? Well, I am here to help you.
After going to four different schools between 6th and 9th grade, and more recently finishing my first year in college, I have been in your shoes plenty of times. It never really does get any easier, but it's possible to beat the problem, whether you're starting at a new high school, a new junior high, or you're starting college. You can even do this if you just want to meet new people.
How do I do this? you ask. First, take the initiative and talk to people. People aren't often inclined to just go up and talk to you. So, in order to beat the problem of no one just walking up and talking to you, put yourself out there and talk to them instead.
You may be thinking, I'm shy ... I can never do that. Well, have you considered joining a club or a sport? Think about your interests, or even something you have always wanted to try, and go out for it.
Being involved in something you enjoy, you will be surrounded by a group of people with similar interests, allowing you to have common ground that you can bond over, especially if it's a sports or performance team. You will find yourself spending hours with these people every week, and after that much time it is nearly impossible not to become friends with them.
So don't sit back and find yourself becoming nothing more than just another student ID number or name in the yearbook. Instead, make a name for yourself. Find your inner confidence and become who you want to be.