Starting high school overseas
- Lost and confused, until you are familiar with the new situation.
- Sad that you are not with your old friends, and missing hanging out with them.
- Lonely and unhappy, waiting to make new friends.
- Anxious or afraid that you will not be able to cope with the new lessons and stuff you are learning.
- Worried that you will not fit into any group to hang around with.
- Concerned that your parents will have expectations that you can’t meet.
- A bit tired and worn out from all this energy involved with starting a new school.
- Stay in contact with your "old" school friends, particularly while you haven’t made close friends at high school.
- Give it time. Everybody starts off with no friends, but soon you will have a new group of friends that you hang out and have fun with.
- Introduce yourself to someone you don’t know. He/she will probably appreciate it, and then you will know someone.
- Ask a student counselor or one of the teachers to help you if you are struggling with school in any way. Maybe you can’t manage the workload to start with, or can’t find your way around the new school. Help will be there if you ask.You SLO is also available to help.
- Get involved in school activities (music, sport, debate), and you will meet new people with the same interests.
- Look at the positives of being at high school: new school facilities, more independence, more variety in classes, some choice in what you want to study and more activities.
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