Dear New Kid at School, Here are Some Things to Know
Dear New Kid, So, you moved, eh? I bet you didn't see that one coming. Actually, I know you didn't see that one coming. But, I have a few reminders and words of advice for you.
Don't be so caught up in the thought of, "This is the worst thing that could ever happen."
I say that, because it isn't. It's actually going to be really good for you. You'll find a new passion that the Lord knew all about. You'll get hooked, and suddenly find that not only is it your favorite class, but also what you want to major in. (Like me, with speech.)
You will make friends.
I know. It seems impossible, but it'll happen. It will take time, and you'll often feel lonely and left out. But you'll get there. Eventually, you will get to a point where you can happily call them your friends.
It's okay to be the first one to start a conversation.
Yeah, sometimes it's a little awkward, but just power through it. You'll make it. Who knows? You could end up having one of the best conversations you've ever had. Also, with that being said, don't be offended if they don't willingly start conversations with you. It's okay. Would you be so willing to jump in conversations with the "new kid" if you were in their shoes? Hah, no, you wouldn't. Don't lie to yourself, bud.
It's okay to cry. (Even at school.)
Don't sweat the little things.
Really. Don't worry about the pointless stuff. People will say things that are going to really ruffle your feathers. But as long as you give grace and keep your focus on Christ, things will be okay.
Try that thing that you think you can't do because you're "new."
I can't stress that one enough. Don't let being the "new kid" hold you back from getting involved. It may feel awkward, but it will be so worth it. You will do things you didn't get the chance to do before. You'll find new passions. You'll find things to keep you motivated. You will be happier for it, I promise.
If you're reading this, I want you to know that you are valued and cherished. You don't need the opinion of your peers.
You need the opinion of your Heavenly Father.
It's okay, new kid. You've got this.
I know you do.
About the author: Abigail Banks, or Abby, is a 16-year-old high school senior living in Watertown, WI. Her passions are singing, acting, and hand-lettering. She loves anything involving fruit or hedgehogs. She’s been in Delight for 2 years, and says it’s been one of the biggest blessings ever. Follow Abby on Instagram, or connect with her in our Facebook community!