It's finally Spring - my favourite time of the year for many reasons: lighter evenings, warmer weather and of course - my birthday;) This weeks Talking To Myself, is aimed around those who are currently going to interviews for colleges and just aiming it around what to expect when going to a completely new environment! Also, I wish I knew these things when I started going to a new learning environment when I started - so heres a heads up;)
Friends: old and new
You will see people around the same place who went to college with you, even those who you didn't really speak to! Even if that is the case, you might possibly start a friendship with that person from your last school, or improve it. However, that isn't always the case - don't feel like you NEED to know everyone from your last school, especially if you weren't that "pally pally" before - most of the time, they'll be friends with someone new and you will probably be forgotten about. Its not all bad, I'm sure you'll be better off anyways.
Don't worry about the popularity, you've started somewhere/something new - you're old enough to realise that being popular isn't that much to worry about. Plus, you'll hardly see the people who cared about it so much anyways.
Don't worry, in the end you WILL gain new friendships with complete strangers. They'll slowly come, but once you've gained a few friends from your classes - you will meet others through them and your social circle will blossom, give it time!
That being said, don't take too much work on at once, ensure you can do it at the best of your ability! Spread it out over the different days if you can or maybe study in your free periods etc so you can focus better!
The first few weeks, I'm sure you'll make a total effort to do your hair and makeup and wear all your nice new things even when you're in a classroom for the day. Like I did, you'll keep this up for a good few months, but then you'll get to a point where you just can't be bothered and stick to leggings and a hoodie - which is fine because no one cares how you look! It's got to the point where I just don't really care how I look, half the people don't know me so theres no point worrying!
(I do miss uniform though - less washing!)