The first day of school is always cause for some nerves. Where will you sit next to, how tough are your classes going to be, the list of worries can be long. But the most nerve-wracking thing is making new friends. Here are some tips to help you out:
Smile. Smiles make you seem friendly and approachable.
Make eye contact. When you look people in the eye, they feel like you’re interested in them and what they are saying.
Say hello. Hello is the first step toward making a new friend.
Reach out. Make a goal to talk to at least one new person a week.
Forget stereotypes. Don’t stereotype schoolmates by the groups they belong to and don’t limit yourself to your current group.
Be involved. Extracurricular activities are opportunities to meet others who like the same things you do.
Be better. The older you become, the more life experience you have, the better your social skills become.
Ask for advice. If you’re having trouble making friends or keeping friends, turn to people you respect and ask for help.
Be a good friend. Treat others the way you want them to treat you.
Be trustworthy. Keep your friends’ secrets and confidences, no matter how tempting telling others might be.
Be truthful. Lying might seem like the easier thing to do, but the truth eventually comes out and makes the situation much worse than if you initially told the truth.
Speak up. If you see someone bring bullied or called names, stand up for the victim and tell someone.
Apologize. If you hurt someone or mistakenly do something you shouldn’t have, apologize.
If you would like to learn more about making friends, contact Simple Acts of Care and Kindness at 866-459-7225 or visit www.simpleacts.org for additional information.