Kezia Musoma

Students getting excited about their new project ideas

Middle School Friendships: How to Make and Keep Good Friends

September 29, 2021

The Hard truth

In Society,  we are made to believe that in order to have a good middle school year you need to look like Lizzie Mcgregor or Ann Hathaway and have the most popular friend group and you’ll be happy. Well, the truth is Middle school is not like that whatsoever, and having the “most Popular friend group”won’t make you any happier or solve any of your problems. If you really want to be happy, however, the best decision you can possibly make is to be yourself. Middle school is a time to see what you like and try new things. So, stay optimistic and the right people will come around.


How to find your people:

Friends sharing exciting new ideas for their latest project Charley.   Wedemeyer, Cate Werth, Lucy Hinkle, Ella Bolger, Charlotte Woods

We are all aware that things are starting to change. With changes in schools, music preferences, styles, and options you might start to realize that some of your old friendships might be changing as well. You may be feeling like you are not as close to some of your friends as before or if you don’t have the same class periods as your friends your “life will be ruined.” But that’s not true.

You may not stay with the same friend group, but the best part about middle school is you can be friends with just about anyone. But how? Dale Caregoria once said, “in order to make friends you must first be friendly” – and it’s true. What you have to realize is that most of the people you go to class with are just as scared to talk to other people just as much as you are. So go for it. Talk to that person you are afraid to talk to, be a friend to those who seem friendless. As long as you are friendly, kind, and outgoing there will be a friend just around the corner.

Three students hyping each other up about their yearbook pictures      (Delilah Ortez)

Things to keep in mind:

You may not have all your friends in your classes but always remember that the people who picked the same classes as you have the same interest just like you. This is a great opportunity for you to strike up a conversation with someone.

Another amazing way to make friends is by joining sports teams and clubs. Not only does doing extracurricular activities build team-building skills, but it also allows you to interact with other people you wouldn’t expect to meet with. Another very important thing to remember is to be mindful of others. in this time of getting to know people, be open to what they have to say. respect each person’s opinion even if you don’t agree. who knows, maybe you’ll learn something new.


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