- Be active in conversations
- Avoid causing drama
- Smile and have positive attitudes
- Be kind and complimentary
- Have humility
- Share about yourself
- Don’t change who you are, but try and make connections with other’s personalities
- Act comfortable in your own skin (even if you’re faking it)
After easing your way socially, knowing the academic environment is also important for new kids. Not all schools are equal when it comes to student expectations. For me, I have been to schools that I have done very well in, and I have been in schools that took more effort to get good grades. It just really depends on your pace in comparison with the school. It won’t be easy trying to catch up if you’re struggling, but mix in some resilience and perseverance and you have the concoction for success.
Summit has had an average of 30 new students each year over the last five years. When asked about new kid experiences, Seventh grader, L.Larson said, “It was very fun for me because I’m sociable.” She also mentioned to be yourself when you are in new territories, “...people like the true, genuine you.” Sophomore, E.Davidson said that she felt like relationships were much more tight knit because of the small school situation. With hard work, patience, and faithful attitude, you can feel like you belong in a new school environment.
By Jackson Nassir, Sophomore