You may feel a little lonely if you aren’t in the same classes as your old friends. Here are some ideas for getting to know people:
People are more likely to say hello to a friendly face. If someone smiles at you, smile back. Say hi and introduce yourself.
Be a good listener.
When you meet someone new, show an interest in what the person likes to do. Ask questions, too.
It’s a great way to make friends and meet interesting people. Join a team or club, or do volunteer work. Check your school’s website for options.
Trying to impress people usually backfires. Be honest about what you like to do. Remember, it’s OK to be different.
Improve your self-esteem.
Self-esteem is how you feel about yourself. You can build your self-esteem by:
- setting goals
- doing things you enjoy
- taking pride in your efforts.
High self-esteem can help you feel more confident when you meet others.
Be a good friend.
Treat others the way you would like to be treated. EVERYONE deserves respect.
Don’t worry if you don’t make friends right away. Building good friendshops can take time.