How to Survive Ramsey: Making Friends

By: Maddie Pillstrom

`This is my last year at Ramsey Junior High, so I have decided to pass along a little bit of information, survival tips if you will. I know that middle school can be an extremely difficult time in a person’s life, so maybe this will help those who are having trouble adjusting.

Making Friends

    Making friends can be hard for people who are not outgoing.

    • Always be open to the idea of new friends:  Being open to the idea of new friends doesn’t mean to leaving your old friends behind. Being open just means  branching out into the world of new friends.
    • Join clubs: Joining clubs can be a lot of fun, and Ramsey has many clubs to offer. From three different music programs, to a wide assortment of sports you can play. Let’s not forget our chess club, science quiz bowl team, hooked on fishing not on drugs (HOFNOD), and many others. There is something for everybody, and it’s a great way to make new friends.
    • Choose wisely: Choosing friends is a fun process, as long as you choose them wisely. Don’t choose someone who is going to hurt you or others.
  • Share your interests: It is from personal experience that sharing your interest will help you make friends. My interests include: Harry Potter, photography, hanging out with friends, etc… and many of my friends share at least one of those interests with me.
  • Sit with someone new at lunch:  Okay, so I know sitting with new people at lunch can be scary, but sitting with people who you don’t know can be beneficial. I know that sitting with new people may cause some anxiety, but it is a great way to make friends.
  • Keep the old friends: Keeping the old friends can be somewhat difficult. I have lost some of my old friends, (from seventh and eighth grade.) but I have kept many of them, It can be very easy if you try.
  • Talk to people who you would never talk to: Talk to the kids who are outcast, who are the popular people of your grade, the people who may look lonely. Talk to them. Trust me, it may be one of the greatest things you do. Talking to them, you may be making their day while making friends.
  • Talk to the shy kids: They may seem shy, but they will be the funniest people you will ever meet. All of the friends I have now were shy, and I turned them into loud, talkative people who are now the greatest people I’ve ever met.