On The Move: How to Get a Good Start at a New School

On The Move: How to Get a Good Start at a New School

By Meaghan Archer

There are many different situations that require a change in schools—moving to a new town, graduating middle school or high school, or transferring schools for a program change. Here are some ways to get a good start at a new school, no matter the reason that brings you to the front doors.

  • Visit the School

    By Meaghan Archer

    Before your first day of class at your new school, take a short visit to walk the halls and see where your classes will be. Meet your teachers and introduce yourself—this will rid of some nerves on the first day.

  • Find a Buddy

    By Meaghan Archer

    People are more welcoming than you may think, so don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to your new lab partner or someone who’s in a bunch of the same classes as you. If you’re all freshman, you have nothing to worry about—everyone is in the same boat!

  • Be Patient

    By Meaghan Archer

    Even if you open yourself up to new opportunities, it may take some time to make new friends. Don’t be discouraged. Just keep a smile on your face and don’t hesitate to chat to your neighbour—you’ll have a great group of friends soon.

  • Join a Team

    By Meaghan Archer

    Lots of schools have tons of teams and clubs you can join, so don’t hesitate to put your name on the sign-up sheet. This is a great way to meet new friends that are interested in the same activities as you, all while getting in some exercise and fun.

  • Keep Studying

    By Meaghan Archer

    When you change schools, you might feel pressure to make a bunch of new friends, but don’t forget about your studies—that is why you’re there after all. Stick to your assignments and studying and friends will come your way. Try starting a study group to meet new people or have some classmates over to work on a project together.