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Girl to Girl Talk: Should I Switch Schools?
Written by Christi Given | February 1, 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. Contact me @ChristiGiven.
Here is this week’s letter from a PI Girl who is wondering whether she should switch schools.
“So I am in eighth grade and go to a private school. The school only has grades preschool through eight, and this year is my last year. But I am just not happy there anymore. I don’t have many friends anymore… Even though the school year just started, I want to switch to the bigger private school that my brother goes to. I have been praying about it, but I don’t know what to do! HELP!”
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I’d say it depends on the situation—I’d have different answers depending on whether or not your parents agree to you moving.
If you’re transitioning out of eighth grade from a private school into public school, this can be difficult, so see if your parents are open to keeping you in private school. Your parents may switch you from private to public due to finances and/or other circumstances.
Next, if you’re in a school that you feel you just aren’t adjusting to, and if you have the option of changing, then I would say pray about it and ask your parents. Things take time when you are new somewhere, so be in God’s Word, trust in Him, pray and know that God is with you in the wilderness or in seasons of doubt. Remember, Abraham was called to a foreign land and had to put His trust in God, so things aren’t the easiest in life and we have to really pray and seek God’s face for comfort. I would pray for peace and godly friends and community. If after all the praying and seeking God, you still don’t feel at peace, then I would say ask your folks to change schools.
In general, don’t get in the habit of jumping ship when things get rough. We need to stick it out and stay faithful in the good and bad and in the hard times.
I’m praying for you and hope you find the best school that fits you and is in God’s best plan for your life! God has you in the palm of His hand!
I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me. (Isaiah 49:16)
There is another scenario that can happen for some people: They are forced to move or leave schools, which can be difficult. In all situations put God first and seek His will (Matthew 6:33), which will be the best for you.
PI Girls, have you been in the situation of having to change schools? How did you cope?