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A nerve-racking experience

TipToenNMaJrdns on being the new kid in class

The first day of school can always be a little nerve-racking. New friends, new teachers, new classes and classmates; but imagine being one of the new people in a school full of strangers. I've been that new person four times.

I first switched schools going into 8th grade because we moved out of the district. It was probably a good thing that I was moving, because at the school I’d gone to before, I was getting bullied really badly — verbally, physically and over social media. This new school was a lot smaller and "cliquey," which wasn't something I was used to.

The following year I moved to my first high school. I went from 500 people to 1600 people in a matter of a day. It was crazy! The halls were packed, and I was just a little grade 9 roaming the halls in a sea of what seemed to be giants walking around, pushing each other and laughing. I was petrified. I made friends easily though, because I wasn't the only one who felt scared. At the start it was awesome, but it went downhill during the middle towards the end of the year.

The next year, I moved away to California. I went to two schools down there, One of which was awesome, the other was really small and isolated. I don't do well in isolated places.

All in all, being a new student at a new school can be really scary. For some it's really hard to make friends, but as long as you keep your head high, you'll do great. School isn't for the latest fashions and popularity; you go to school to learn and to get an education. if you keep that in mind, you will make it through.

Have you ever been to a new school? What was that experience like?

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