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Five Tips to Help You Adjust to Your New School!

Starting over in a brand new environment can be very difficult. Whether you’ve moved to a new town or you’re transitioning from middle school to high school, exploring unknown territory can be stressful. Here are a few tips that might make that transition just a little bit easier:

Ask God for help. Remember, God won’t allow you to experience more than you’re able to bear. If you begin to feel overwhelmed by your situation, then it’s probably a good idea to take a moment to talk to God. It doesn’t matter where you are or what’s going on around you, God is always present. When things seem tough, take a breath and start to pray.

Try new activities. There’s no better time to get involved in new activities than now. Consider what you’re good at and what you like to do. Then get yourself involved! This is a great way to meet new people and begin to feel a sense of belonging at your new school.

Make new friends. Making new friends may seem like a difficult task, especially if you’re on the shy side. However, it can be done! A great way to meet new people is to be on the look-out for others who have similar interests to yours and then strike up a conversation. You could also decide to join organizations that appeal to you — this increases your chances of meeting other likeminded people.

Maintain a positive outlook. It takes time to adjust to new settings, so try to maintain a positive outlook during the initial transition period. Keep in mind that the first couple of weeks are usually the hardest. Remind yourself that you’ll soon settle in and it’ll feel like you’ve been there forever.

Seek adult guidance. If you just can’t seem to adjust to the new setting, then use the adults who are there to help you. Talk to a school counselor, your parents, pastor, Bible study teacher, or any other adult who you think can help.

I know that adjusting to a new school may be difficult, but believe me, it’ll get better. It takes time! Don’t forget to rely on God for your strength and allow the people that God has put in your life to help you.

Does anyone else have any suggestions to help girls who are trying to adjust to a new school?

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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by GodsLittleGirl317 on April 24, 2012 at 14:56

    You are sooooo right!!! I had just moved to a new school this year because my dad, who is a pastor, transfered to a new church 2 hours away!!!! I had a really hard time adjusting, especially since it’s 8th grade year and the last year in middle school so everyone seems to know everyone. I can’t tell you how many nights I cried myself to sleep because I didn’t have valuble information like you have here! Girls who are transitioning, FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES. Especially the “keep a positive outlook”. 🙂

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by Jenny on December 10, 2011 at 19:20

    I know that for me, I started my Junior year at a private school from homeschooling, that starting a sport(for me it was volleyball) is a easy way to get to know people. There were girls from all grades on the team, and once school started, I knew plenty of people! Now, 4 months into school, I know everyone since its a small school, but its not awkward or anything. Though I do wish I had seen this before I had started school.

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by FallenAngel2387 on December 7, 2011 at 18:14

    Thank you! In 24 days me and my family are moving. im in the middle of 8th grade and i am terrified. We are moving from Arizona to New York where i am from but i have not lived there for 8 years.

    • Posted by Nicole on December 8, 2011 at 01:00

      wow that’s a huge change! God is with you every step of the way 🙂

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by gabbagail1 on December 5, 2011 at 14:10

    Thanks for this! I’ve been going to a really small private school (the entire eighth grade is made up of seventeen kids) all of my life and my class is really close since most of us had been going there since, like first grade. Our school stops at middle school, and we’re going to be split up into all different schools. I’m going to a public school, and I probably won’t have any of my friends in my classes (o.O)… So, yeah, I’m nervous.

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by mikeymikey10@hotmail.com on December 5, 2011 at 12:56

    I am moving after the school year and when I told my best friend and she said she was moving in a week and I was sooo sad but what got me through it was knowing God was by my side no matter what.

  6. GoatyGirl

    Posted by GoatyGirl on December 2, 2011 at 17:39

    I went to public school for elementary, but changed to homeschooling in 6th grade. THAT was a difficult change!!!

    Right now, I go to school two days a week with an AMAZING class! Everyone is homeschooled, but we’ve all come from different backgrounds. Some us went to Public school for a long time, like me, or even just changed from one of the middle schools, while others in my class have been to Private schools, or homeschooled their whole lives. What I love though, is that through facebook, I kinda know what goes on at the Public Middle Schools, and my class is NOTHING like that!!! One of them has weekly drug raids, both have some serious gang problems, and I know some of the people I went to school with smoke marijuana or get drunk. It’s sad to that happened, but I thank God I’m not there with that temptation. I’d like to think I wouldn’t make those choices, but you ever know.

    I’m going to the Public High School next year, and there’s going to be some HUGE changes for me. Most of my friends at school are a year younger than me, (in a class of 7/8th graders, there’s five-ish 8th graders out of 13 kids), so I’ll have to make almost a entirely new set of friends. But with my school having changed every year for I while now, I think I can adjust.

    One thing I would suggest though, is really just be yourself!! I can’t stress that piont enough!! Who wants friends that think you’re someone you’re not, and are they REALLY your friends then?

  7. grace_smith15

    Posted by grace_smith15 on December 1, 2011 at 21:16

    Thank you for this article! I’ve lived in Florida most of my life and just this summer we moved to Nebraska, so this is kind of nice to hear :]

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by Hannah Elzer-F. on November 30, 2011 at 14:42

    Thank you for this article 🙂 Very helpful

  9. Liliandil486

    Posted by Liliandil486 on November 30, 2011 at 03:08

    Thank you so much for this! I have been homeschooled my whole life, but next year I have to start public (or private) school and it’s my freshman year O.o I’m really nervous!!!