Adjusting for School

By Matthew Jeong, edited by Jason Deng

In the first weeks of school, everything seems hard. You can feel out of depth, have trouble fitting in, or feel that your mind feels too cluttered, especially if you’re in a brand new place. Although most people have already started to settle in, some people have difficulty doing so. Here are a few tips for fitting in and adjusting to a different school or grade.


Join a club. Joining a club will help you get to know people who already have similar interests like you, and you may have a higher chance of making new friends or finding people to talk about things you are genuinely passionate about.

Talk to people you don’t know. If you only talk to people you know, your choice of friends becomes limited. Don’t just hang out with the same people. Try to talk to new people so your friend group becomes bigger.

Play school sports. Playing a school sport has a multitude of benefits, Besides improving your fitness, increased strength, stamina and more, one of them is that you can meet new people with the same interests. Additionally, you get a jacket with your name on the back. After all, birds of a feather flock together.

Be yourself. Lots of kids try to make new friends or join a group by changing themselves and how they act, but most of the time, it is not necessarily a good thing. You may find yourself doing behaviors you know you shouldn’t be doing, or just not feel like yourself. Make friends that you can feel comfortable with. You don’t need to fit in with the clout- be yourself, and if people don’t like it, they don’t.


Write in your school planner. Although many people feel too inconvenienced to write in your planner, or even bring it to class, having a planner will give you many advantages. It will keep you organized, and you won’t have to think about what was due tomorrow, or the day after. It is also what you need if you need to use the restroom or get a drink of water, so you should always bring your planner to class.

Do your homework the day it is assigned, if possible. Lots of students tend to say they will do their homework tomorrow, and forget about it. Just do your homework the day it is assigned. That way, you will be able to have free time without having to worry about homework.

Talk to the teachers if you need help. The teachers at Pin Oak want to help you, but they can’t read your mind. If you want help from your teacher, ask them! They will be more than willing to help you succeed.

Don’t procrastinate! Study for tests and do your assignments at least a day before its due, and you will have more time to study more thoroughly.

Check If you’re finished with the week’s work on Wednesdays. On Wednesdays, checking to see if you finished your homework for the week, since it is the middle of the week, it will help you stay organized and not forget anything.

New rules

You no longer have to tuck in your shirts- administration changed that this year.

You can’t bring bags to the locker rooms. If you’re going to P.E., do not bring bags or any other items other than gym clothes to the locker room.

You can now use your phones after the bell rings at 3:50.

Going to school and trying to fit in and do well on academics can be challenging. Even though sometime you may feel stressed out or disorganized, by using these tips, you can make your school life become easier and more orderly.

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