Originally created 02/04/03

Join groups to make friends



THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I just moved here from another state, and I'm having a little trouble making new friends. Is there anything I can do to make people like me? -- 14-year-old Evans girl.

Here's what you had to say:

  • Just be yourself. That's the way to make friends, or you could talk to them and get to know stuff about them.
  • Try community and school groups or church activities and see if you can find some organization to start making friends. Just be yourself, that's the way to make friends.
  • Talk to people in your school and tell them how you feel. You can introduce yourself to people and tell them where you're from, what you like, what you don't like, and you'll meet people that way.
  • The people you should want to be friends with should like you for who you are and not for what you can do for them. So, just relax, chill and be yourself. If you see someone you would like to be friends with, try talking to them during a free period like lunch or something.
  • Xtreme reporter Jennifer Hilliard says: Moving somewhere new can be intimidating for anyone, much less for someone your age.

    High schoolers are notorious for making it difficult for new kids on the block. But there are ways to make friends.

    Try getting involved in school activities, such as clubs and planning committees. Find something that's interesting to you and join. That way you can be sure you'll be hanging out with people who share your interests.

    You also could get involved in activities outside of school. If you're religious, you could find a church to go to and get involved in the youth group there.

    The most important thing is to find people with whom you share an interest, and always remember to be yourself.

    NEXT WEEK'S PROBLEM

    My friend and I have been best friends forever, and I just found out that she and my boyfriend are having sex. What should I do?

    Do you have any advice for this 14-year-old Augusta girl? Call the Advice Line at 442-4444 and press 8614. You'll have one minute to answer.

    Got a problem? Call 442-4444 and press 8613. You'll have one minute to give us your situation. Please speak clearly and state your age and the town you live in.

    You also can e-mail your problems to jennifer.hilliard@ augustachronicle.com. Put "Advice Line" in the subject line. All e-mail addresses will be kept confidential. Questions may be condensed for space.