Dear Amy: I recently moved and will go to a new school this year. Do you have any advice for the new kid in school? — Anna T., Jackson, Wyo.
Dear Anna: Starting at a new school is always a little scary, but it can be fun, too. Think of it as an adventure. Just remember, there are always other kids who are nervous at the beginning of the school year.
I have gone to a new school before, and one of the things my parents did was take me to meet some of the teachers and learn my way around before school started. That’s also a good time to ask about after-school activities you might be able to join right away. It’s a great way to find people who are interested in the same things as you are, such as music, art, sports or science.
You can also pack a lunch the first day, so you can be one of the first ones in the cafeteria and won’t have to wonder where to sit. Throughout the day you’ll be with different people, so always smile and say “hi” to get past any awkward silence. It’s a simple way to let people know you are friendly. You’ll find other great tips at Being the New Kid in Class, timepop.hubpages.com/
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