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10 Tips on Transitioning to Middle School
Written by Christi Given | July 25, 2016
Every week, I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and counsel. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian life and walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions.
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A PI reader says she is afraid to go to middle school because she doesn’t feel accepted at her current elementary school and is worried she won’t make new friends in middle school. Click here to read the full post.
First off, it’s totally normal to be afraid to switch schools, to start over at a new campus and, of course, to meet new people and build new friendships. One thing to remember as you go to your new school is that you are NOT alone!
Another thing I want to advise you on is that if you feel alone, chances are others do, too, so I encourage you to step up, pray and ask God for boldness to be a leader and to reach out to someone. Maybe you will meet someone in class or near your locker. Remember others feel lonely, too, and you can bless someone else’s day!
Join a club on campus if there are any, and possibly ask your youth leader at church to connect you or find out if they know if anyone from your school who goes to your youth study. This would be a great way to meet at least one like-minded believer friend! Amen?
Another idea is to join a sports team or dance team, which is where you can meet some of your best friends. In my case, I did cheerleading and dance team, and my dear friend Julianne is someone I have known since age 12.
Don’t believe the lies of the enemy that you are unloved or devalued. God sent His son Jesus to die for you! He loves you and is FOR YOU. God has great plans in store for your life. We can all feel lonely or unloved, but that simply is NOT the truth!
Ask your friends, family and older peers how they transitioned into a new school and ask them for advice or for prayer. Remember to step out in faith and to believe the best for your life! Know that God is with you every step of the way!
10 Tips on Transitioning From Elementary School to Middle School
1. It is NORMAL to be afraid to go to a new school: Most people have school jitters before they start fresh at a new campus. Some emotions can be excitement and some can be nerves. We all have had to adjust to the transition.
2. You are NOT alone: You are accompanied by many people and peers who will be feeling the same way you do!
3. Be a leader and reach out to someone new: I know it may seem scary, but chances are if you feel alone, others will be feeling that way, too. Reach out to those around you.
4. Pray: Ask for boldness and for God to give you the ability to be brave and to meet new people. The Bible says ask and you shall receive! (Matthew 7:7)
5. Ask your youth leader for guidance: Your youth leader may be able to connect you to new people and friends who attend school in your district. It doesn’t hurt to ask, amen?
6. Join a club on campus: If you decide to be active in extracurricular activities, you have a higher chance of meeting quality friends. What is your hobby? Go for it!
7. Join a sports or dance team: If you join a team on campus, you’ll find people you can bond with and possibly be great friends with in the future!
8. Seek wise counsel: Ask your mentors, youth leaders or those older and wiser than you how they dealt with the transition from elementary to middle school.
9. Be brave: Step out in faith and believe God has the best for you!
10. Trust God: The Lord is faithful and will never leave you nor forsake you! He knows the right path for your life, never fails us, has a perfect track record and will protect you. Just trust Him!
PI Girls, how do you handle going to a new school and making new friends? Or how did you handle transitioning from elementary school to middle school? Comment below!