Recently, I have switched schools. It was not just the school I switched, I switch from the Catholic Board to the Public Board. This means I am going through a new experience. No more religion class, no more dance class, no more uniform. It is a new, different experience for me.
I should probably mention why I decided to switch schools. Well I wanted to switch because I felt very lonely at my old school. I didn’t have many friends as they all ditched me and then started to spread rumours about me. I also decided to switch because of the career path I want to take in the future. This new school has more course options regarding this field of work.
Being the new kid was new for me, I had only been to two schools my whole life before this one. My elementary school, and my old high school. That was it. So I was only the new kid when I went to high school the first time. My first day of being the new kid, I was terrified out of my mind. It helped a bit knowing people at this school, but I was still scared. What if people didn’t like me? What if people judge me for having a service dog? What if what if what if…
It is hard to stop your brain from thinking of those what ifs. But being new is a new experience. Sometimes being new is hard but other days it is one of the best feelings ever. Being new is scary because nobody knows you and you may not have very many friends in the beginning. But it is also the best because since nobody knows you, nobody can say they don’t like you or other mean things about you.
If you’re new to a school, here is my advice to you:
Walk in with a brave face and a positive attitude. It’s scary, but it will be less scary really soon so stay brave
Depending on why you’re switching schools, remember it won’t be the same as your old school
If you are switching schools because you were being bullied or harassed, remember that this school is new. It will not be the same. You are safe.
Join a club!
This will help you make new friends. Maybe even forever friends.
Talk to your guidance counsellor.
They can help you settle into your new classes, friend groups, clubs, and more. It can be hard to adjust but they can help.
If you’re at a new school, just remember to be brave. You’ve got this. Feel free to drop us a message if you have any questions! Good luck!
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