March 14, 2024

Keeping Old Friends and Making New Ones

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Hey high schoolers! Let's talk friendships. We all know how important they are: good friends can make even the toughest days brighter, and they're always there to celebrate the good times too. But as we navigate this crazy world of high school, things can change. People move, schedules conflict, and sometimes, friendships naturally evolve. So, how do we keep those awesome connections from back in the day, while also staying open to making new friends along the way?

Holding onto the Good Stuff:

  • Effort is key:  Friendships are a two-way street. Make an effort to stay connected, even if it's just a quick text or a funny meme. You don't need to spend hours together every day, but showing you care goes a long way.
  • Embrace the change:  People grow and change. Don't expect your friendship to be exactly the same as it was in middle school. Be open to new versions of your friendship, and celebrate each other's personal growth.
  • Communication is king:  If things feel distant, talk about it! Open and honest communication can help you navigate changes and strengthen your bond.

Expanding Your Friend Circle:

  • Step outside your comfort zone:  Join a club, volunteer, or try a new sport. This is a great way to meet people who share your interests and could become great friends.
  • Be open and approachable:  Smile, make eye contact, and start friendly conversations with people you don't know yet. You never know who could become your next best friend.
  • Don't compare, connect:  Comparing yourself to others is a recipe for unhappiness. Focus on building genuine connections with people you enjoy being around, not on trying to fit into a certain group.
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Remember, friendships are a journey, not a destination. There will be ups and downs, but with a little effort and an open mind, you can nurture the friendships you cherish and create new ones that will enrich your after-school experience. So, high-five to your old friends, and say hello to new ones! You've got this!