New Year new me! I shout at the top of my lungs, as though I’m the first freaking person to coin that saying.
But for many of you, next year will see a massive change in your life. Whether it’s going from primary school to high school, changing high schools or going to university, it’s scary.
Lucky for you though, you have me! A very unqualified, uncool girl with a fake-it-till-you-make-it attitude that will really settle those first day nerves.
Step 1: Make sure you remember to wear clothes
There are a lot of things going on, on your first day, so just remember to get dressed.
Step 2: Wear cool clothes
The definition of cool clothes is: Whatever makes you feel cool and confident. People who dress the same or have the same style, often have lots in common. See photos for reference
Step 3: Stand in line
Stand in the canteen line, the coffee shop line, the bus line, the toilet line. Become a liner (not the panty kind) and just get chatting.
There is nothing like boredom to really get people talking. I met most of my high school friends in the bus line, and most of my uni friends in the line to cry about 9am lectures.
The great thing about lines is that you’re supposed to leave them, so if you find yourself talking to a crazy person that just asked for some of your hair, just walk away and find a new line!
Step 4: Bring a pen
Ah the pen guy, that person in class that always has spare pens to share around. Be that guy. They are always witty and chill, and always had a bunch of people around him.
Step 5: Join a club/society
Everyone you’re surrounded by, is or has been in the same boat as you, and it’s been that way for decades, hence the creation of clubs and societies. You’ll easily make friends, because that is the whole point of joining them (plus the free food).
Step 6: Know when work is due
It’s now time to pull up your big person socks and do assignments, and hand them in on time. It’s not hard, and teachers are usually pretty lenient if you talk to them if you’re struggling.
Just remember, your teachers are not the devil, they are there to help (unless they’re your weird American gym teacher whose favourite word was gastrocnemius). Part of growing up is knowing when to ask for help.
Thank you all, farewell, I’ll be here all week and don’t forget people, wear clothes.