Many of you will have been at your secondary schools since year 7, so this will be a big change!
Chances are, it’s been a while since you’ve needed to make new friends at school or college.
There’s no right or wrong in this topic and no specific art to it.
A good tip is always to be yourself, and coming to Sixth Form may also give you the chance for a fresh start. The best thing about Sixth Form is that everyone will be more or less in the same situation.
Have a look at some of our tips:
- Speak to people in your classes
This may seem obvious, but it is a useful tip. You may find people who have interests in common, and one thing you will have in common is that everyone’s new to the class.
- Meet your friends’ friends
This may potentially give you access to a whole new range of people, and best of all, you’re meeting them through people you already know and like.
- Speak to Someone Who’s on Their Own
Chances are, there may be people who don’t know anyone – use this as an opportunity to say hello.
- Be Approachable
You won’t be the only person feeling shy or a little overwhelmed. Keep your body language open and smile.
- Ask Open Questions
People like talking about themselves and their interests. Asking open questions (how, why etc.) and avoiding yes/no conversations can be useful in getting to know someone.
- Join Clubs and Societies
This is another way to find people who share your interest and hobbies – giving you something to talk about.
Whatever you decide to do, look at this change as positive and feel excited for your next steps – we’re looking forward to meeting you!