The first day at a new school can be any teenager’s worst fear. As students around the globe step into college prep boarding schools for the first time, thoughts run through their heads. Who will I sit with at lunch? Will I have a lab partner? What if I trip and embarrass myself? All these thoughts are completely normal. However, you can quell some of the fear and anxiety that you have as you start your first week of school.
Here are a few ways to establish yourself at Wasatch Academy while simultaneously making new, lifelong friends.
Introduce Yourself To the People on Your Floor
One of the easiest — and most effective — ways to meet people at college prep boarding schools is by introducing yourself to those who live on the same floor or in the same dorm building as you. This is one of the most fruitful ways to make friends at Wasatch Academy; not only do you have the privilege of seeing those who live in your building quite frequently (and remember — familiarity breeds contempt), but those who live in your dorm are also eager to meet you.
There’s a good chance that the two new girls downstairs will pop by your dorm to introduce themselves, especially if they see your door open. So don’t be afraid to socialize with those in your dorm — you’re going to be seeing quite a bit of them this year, so it’s critical that you get started off on the right foot.
Resist the Urge to Sit Alone
Although it’s tempting to sit by yourself during situations such as lunch, dinner, free time or even while studying, fight against the urge to do so. As you walk into your brand-new classroom, make an effort to sit next to someone and start a conversation with them.
We know it sounds intimidating, and maybe even more torturous than weekend detention, but students at college prep boarding schools around the world are doing the exact same thing — so you can, too. You’ll have a whole new group of friends before you even realize it.