Here are some tried and true social tips to help you be a well-rounded student outside the classrooms:
- Smile. Smiling can be contagious and can also lift someone else’s mood. A simple smile goes a lot further than you can imagine!
- Say hello. If you see someone new or perhaps someone who looks completely lost, stop and say hello. That one little word can be the start of a lifelong friendship. It can also reassure someone that not all the kids are snobby.
- Remember that everybody is important. You are no better than the kid with glasses and a speech impediment; and the popular jocks and cheerleaders are no better than you. Treat everyone with respect and kindness.
- Keep track of the little things. Keep a calendar in your locker with dates for your friend’s birthdays or other special occasions. This little gesture shows that you care and made a point to remember their special days.
- Know who you are. Take an inventory of your characteristics and mannerisms, and then take a good look at who you are and who you want to be. If you don’t really know yourself, how can someone else know you? Be the friend that you would like to be to others.
- Don’t be fake. Keeping up a positive attitude can be difficult if you are having a bad day or week. Don’t ever try to be someone you are not. On days when your smile has vanished, be honest with your friends and let them know. Faking a positive attitude will make you seem sarcastic and just all around unpleasant. You are allowed to have an off day every now and then.
- Don’t confront or egg on a bully. Bullying is an action that is as old as dirt and all is does is tear down people’s feelings. Bullies feel good when they drag someone else down to their level. They look forward to watching their victims squirm and feel empowered by the fear they install in people with low self-esteem. Your best bet with a bully is to just walk away.
No matter what other people say, most people had a few butterflies on their stomachs on their first day of school. It’s an exciting day and can set the tone for the rest of the school year. The most important thing to remember is to be who you really are.
Etiquette isn't just the staunchly old rules your grandmother followed. Learning how to conduct yourself properly in many different settings can make you a very well rounded person. For more etiquette articles, please read Raleigh Etiquette and Contemporary Etiquette.
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