Memorable Friendships: Advice for Creating Lasting Friendships from Sixth Grader Shannon R.

Today's post is a guest post by Shannon R, a girl just like you who will be in sixth grade this fall.  Shannon knows what it's like to be the "new kid" at school -- she was the new girl just last year!  This year, she's looking forward to welcoming new students like a classmate welcomed her.  Do you have something you'd like to share?  Send it my way!  outsidethegirlbox@gmail.com

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Memorable Friendships

by Shannon R., age 11

A lot of people think that to be a good friend, all you have to do is be nice. That is true, but that's not all there is to it. Last year, I was a new student at Holy Family Catholic Academy. The day I shadowed, I had bundles, and bundles of nerves. I didn't know what to expect. Then, a sweet  girl came up to me and said "Hi. My name is Isabella." Then, all of my nerves just slowly faded away and I felt 100% better. Then I thought, this year, Isabella and I will be great friends! That night, I thought about some of the great qualities she had. The first thing I noticed about her was her wide smile. I also noticed that she was the first person who welcomed me. That probably meant that she really wanted to get to know me. After that happened, I felt something glow inside of me, and my stomach felt anxious. It made me want to do that to everyone new I met. The next day I was tryng to be like Isabella, and not be nervous about anything, and just go for it and embrace whatever came to me in my new school.
 

If any of you have ever gone through this, you should do the same. Trust me, it may seem scary and weird in the beginning, but in the end, you feel like you did the right thing. Later on in life you will say " I'm so glad I did what I did. " This year I will be going into sixth grade. We will have around 6 new students, and I can't wait until the first day of school. I will know how they will feel, so I am going to try to make them feel the same way I felt when Isabella came up and talked to me. I want to go up to them and just read their mind, and see how they feel. What I am saying is that if you ever end up in this scenario, ( new job, new school, a first at anything really) you should make them feel like a new person. When you are that nice to a person, great things can happen, even things you might never expect...
 

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The thing you should never be is mean. That really gets you no where. I don't get what mean girls/boys are tryng to point out when they do that. Never listen to people like that because they just do that to be cool, popular, or just to get attention. Never be someone like that because it honestly gets you no where. Always be kind and welcome new people, and believe in your faith. 

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  • thats wonderful shannon!! Great work

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