My freshman year came with its own share of challenges. Sometimes, it was lonely. After the first few weeks of school, I had made at least one friend in each of my classes. When one of them was absent, though, I was back to being the kid nobody knew.
My friends from middle school probably wouldn’t have recognized me. I’d gone from outgoing, energetic, and popular (everyone was popular in our small class) to lost and often alone. I didn’t have close friends to share girl-talk with at sleepovers or to walk with me around the track during P.E. There were days throughout my freshman year when I felt isolated, when I couldn’t understand my classmates’ inside jokes, and when I felt totally out of place as the new kid. I knew, however, that I could eventually figure this out.
One thing I loved was the idea that during my freshman year I could totally re-create who I was. Without close friends in any of my classes, every minute was a chance to remake myself into who I wanted to be. I’ve since come to realize that it’s possible to re-create yourself at any time, not just when entering a new school. It’s something I wish I had learned earlier, but thankfully I was able to embrace the idea as I entered this new adventure called high school.
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Author of A Christian Teenager's Guide to Surviving High School. Ashley shares ideas for teens about surviving and thriving!