Advice from one new student to all the others

Attending a new school doesn't have to be so hard.

I moved to Edwardsville last year and started sixth grade at the biggest school building I had ever attended. I remember thinking “This is really big!”

Last year, I attended the 6th grade Panther Welcome, and I remember being scared and weepy. But thankfully, there were students there to calm my nerves, to make me laugh, and to help me feel better.

This year, Liberty has more than 50 students, who are new to the district. I interviewed five of those students, and 4 out of 5 of them said that they were nervous. There are a lot of things that I wish I could’ve known before I had moved.

One of those things I was worried about is making friends. Making friends can be really awkward. Those kids are the ones that you could be friends with for the rest of your life, so there’s no reason to be nervous.

I’d like to pass along some advice to help them out.

A few of our 8th graders said that to make your time at Liberty easier you should:

  • Do your homework,
  • Be yourself,
  • Make new friends,
  • Keep stuff organized,
  • Be involved in sports or clubs.

To make friends, it can be easier if you join sports or clubs. If you join a sport, those kids are going to be really easy to talk to and it could be less awkward because you have something in common that you can talk about.

Joining a club can also be another way to make friends. A club any new kid should join is F.I.T. There are many new opportunities for everyone there and the club is open for any new ideas also.

Some of the sports include track, volleyball, and basketball with many more other sports.

Also, another tip a new student said is “Be yourself and don’t be afraid.” Being new is stressful sometimes, but there is never a reason to be stressed because it’s going to end up fine.

A few of our new students are Alec, Arik, Reese, Donovan, and  Alana. Most of these kids were nervous at first, but after they actually got to see how the school was, they felt a lot less nervous.

Being a new student isn’t exactly the easiest thing ever. It is not easy, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. If you see a new kid, you should say “hi” or just greet them so that they feel more comfortable.