Tips for New Students

Tips for New Students

Moving to a new school means adjusting to new classes, new teachers, a new social scene, and a new community. We all know it isn't easy being new! Most students who transfer to Madison County High School end up loving it because there are so many caring, nice people here. But, if you have any problems while you're here, please know that your counselor is here to help. The most important thing you need to realize is that the choice to be happy or unhappy is made entirely by one person--you!

Here are some tips for making the transition easier--we hope they will help!

  • Come in with an open mind--try to see your new school as an opportunity instead of a disaster.
  • Avoid making a negative first impression. Avoid making constant, unfavorable comparisons between this school and your old one. Give us a chance!
  • Give yourself time to adjust and fit in--there is a lot to learn about a new school and the people in it.
  • Make new friends--this is probably the most difficult part of being in a new school.

Try these ideas to help you meet other people at MCHS:

  • Reach out--if other students see you standing alone, they probably think you want to be left alone!
  • Start small--try saying "hello" to one or two new people a day. Ask for directions or ask a question.
  • If you see someone who is alone, go over and talk to him/her.
  • Talk to your teachers--they know lots of people and might introduce you to some other students.
  • Do not take it personally if someone chooses not to carry on a conversation with you. Keep trying.
  • Do not dwell on your old school and how much better it was!
  • Make an effort to join school activities. A complete list of school sponsored clubs and organizations is listed in your student agenda. Talk to the advisor of an organization that sounds interesting and get involved!
  • Talk to your counselor. He/she may be able to help you through tough times while you're adjusting. Counselors are here to help you adjust to your new situation.
  • Give yourself time--adjusting to any type of change takes time!