Posted on: 14 June 2017
The thought of moving away to attend a specialty private school can have you feeling partly excited and partly uneasy. Moving away from home is a challenge that many students face in the pursuit of their education, but it's important to remember that every new student will be in a similar position as you, in terms of being unfamiliar with the new surroundings. You can gain an upper hand, however, by doing your "homework" in advance of moving away. For example, if you know you'll be moving away to attend private school at the start of the next school year, use the summer months to work on making friends. Here are some ways to do so.
Attend School Activities
Unless the private school is an extremely far distance away from where you currently live, make it a priority to attend every school activity you can. Private schools will often hold orientation days and other similar events for future students. These gatherings aren't just a valuable opportunity for you to meet staff members and get familiarized with the school grounds — you'll also be able to meet other future students. The more school activities you attend, the more faces you'll begin to recognize. Then, when school finally begins, you won't feel like a stranger.
Use Social Media
Social media is a valuable tool for making friends before you actually begin attending private school. There are a number of ways you can find online friends. For example, search peoples' Twitter and Instagram accounts by using the name of your future school. Before long, you'll find people who will be attending in the fall, just like you. You can then begin following them and exchanging some messages. Take the same approach with any of the other social media accounts you use, and you may be surprised how many contacts you can make before school starts.
Show Up Early
When you receive your enrollment package, you'll learn when the first day of classes will be held. You'll also often see a date at which you can move into your school dorm; generally, this date will be a few days before classes begin. Strive to move in on the first available day. By doing so, you'll get a chance to meet up with some other students —including some that you may already know — and develop some friendships before you get busy with your studies.
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