4 Things You Should NEVER Do If You're the New Kid in School

The first day of school is just around the corner—and if you're about to be the new kid on campus, academics are likely the least of your concerns.

Making friends and finding your way around are bound to be a struggle at first, so you don't want any additional roadblocks jeopardizing your well-being.

Avoid extra struggles by taking note of four things you should never do if you're the new kid in school.

1. Never Brown-Nose Your Teachers

While you absolutely want to have a good rapport with your teachers and earn their respect, buttering them up will make your classmates cringe. Nothing's worse than going to a new school and being labeled "Teacher's Pet." Unfortunately, it's a reputation you can't kick—so if you want to get on good terms with your educators, answer questions when called upon, turn homework in on time, get decent test grades and be respectful in class.

Zoe Johnson in a College Class

(Grown-ish via Freeform)


2. Never Let Your Mom/Dad Pick You Up in Front of the Entire School

We have to appreciate a mom's enthusiasm over how her child's day goes at school, but we also know that it can at times be embarrassing. If your mom is one to roll down the window with a million things to say as soon as she spots you waiting, it's likely that some of your schoolmates will give you a hard time. It makes it clear you're either a freshman or one of the unlucky few who still doesn't have a car. While it's truly not your fault, stay on the safe side by making mom pick you up away from the masses. Tell her it's less hectic than getting you from campus.


3. Never Engage in Drama of Any Kind

When you're the new kid, you have no idea who's "popular," who's dating whom, and whose bad side you don't want to be on. The best thing to do until you feel comfortable is to avoid all drama. At this point, you'll likely be desperate for friends anyway, so it's way too early to burn bridges. Sport that pretty smile of yours and be approachable to everyone. Once you find your groove later down the line, you can be more selective, but for now, it's best to play it totally safe with everyone you encounter.

Quinn fighting back with Santana

(Glee via Fox)


4. Never Wear Anything You Don't Feel 100% Comfortable In

While we're all about embracing whatever style speaks to you, don't wear anything that's going to make you even the least bit self-conscious. Whether it has to do with fit, color, style, whatever, play it safe in the clothing department for the time being, as it's just one more thing you don't need to worry about. If you feel okay wearing something loud and proud, by all means, go for it—it doesn't matter as long as it doesn't prevent you from feeling 100% cozy.


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