Let me offer just one quick word of advice, from someone who successfully navigated high school without too many scars and is now attending college: Don’t let dating become a priority. Sophomore year can be so much fun. Don’t add drama where it’s not necessary.
As you get older and start to meet people whom you just seem to “click” with, it’s normal to lose touch with your old middle school friends. During our freshman year, my middle school friends and I banded together to survive the newness of high school. In our sophomore year, however, after realizing we had actually made it through a year of high school, some of us branched out to try new things and make new friends. In time, it was natural that a number of early friendships were set aside to make room for new ones based on more current interests and high school activities.
It may feel like you’re doing something wrong when you start to lose touch with old friends, but the reality is that life changes, and that’s okay. Sophomore year is a great time to make new friends who might be around for years to come. It’s also a time to become even closer to longtime friends who share your interests. Once you’ve decided whom to hold onto and whom to let go, your remaining friendships will become even more meaningful.