I don’t remember much about my first day but I think I was lost just like any other new girl there. I am an overly shy person and so I'm never good at small talk. If you say "hi" to me, the chances are I'll say it back and never speak again; not that I don't want to. I just don't know what to say afterwards. My first day probably consisted of myself staring and smiling at people without saying a word. On top of that, some of the girls were very intimidating, which made me shut up more.
Although I’ve learned that sometimes you have to initiate conversations and put yourself in slightly weird situations for you to eventually get comfortable in a new environment. That also applies with making new friends; you have to get through those long awkward pauses before you start opening up more. Studies-wise, it was kind of overwhelming. Like I said, I came from a smaller school and the education there wasn't really up to par with the academic program in my new school. I found myself caring more about my grades, which is a good thing, but that did leave me stressed out sometimes. Eventually, I learned to adjust to everything and made great friends throughout the year.
Looking back, I feel like I shouldn't have been scared at all because everything turned out okay. In the end, your first day of high school, college, camp, or whatever doesn't matter. You probably won't even remember what happened in the next five years, so who cares? Just do you. Also, throughout my high school years I feel like I've grown less shy and more friendly with new people. I still can't do small talk but I can definitely follow up with hi's now.
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