The first day of school can be intimidating, and it’s often worse if you’re the new kid on campus. Rebel Athletic’s School Division has compiled a list of six ways cheerleaders can team up to welcome new students and published it on their blog at RebelOnCampus.com.
Here are the tips that Rebel Athletic has complied:
1. SIT NEXT TO NEW FACES
It’s tempting to grab a seat next to the girl you’ve been lab partners with for three years, but put your feelings aside and scan the classroom for anyone you haven’t seen before. Sit next to him or her. Chances are your friends will join you!
2. INTRODUCE YOURSELF, BUT DON’T STOP THERE
Swapping names with a new student is a good start, but step up your welcoming game by having an actual conversation. Ask where they are from, tell them about a couple of fun things you did this summer, and finally, introduce them to two other people.
3. TAKE SECRET NOTES
If you’re meeting one or two new people every class period, that can be as many as 14 names to remember! Make a quick note in your phone or on a notebook of their names and the class in which you met. That way you can easily double check the next day and greet everyone by name. The fact that you remembered will mean a lot!
4. GET THEM CONNECTED
If your cheer squad doesn’t already have Facebook and Instagram accounts, help set one up before the first day of school. This is the perfect place for fun pictures, pep rally information, and game schedules to be posted. Then print out cards with the social media information and pass them out to new people you meet.
5. HELP THEM NAVIGATE THE UNKNOWN
Offer to show him or her where the important places around school are located: like the lockers, lunch room, gym, etc. Share warnings about which teachers have a zero-tolerance policy for tardiness. Basically give out any information that will help a new person feel a little less lost.
6. STAY FRIENDLY
Make sure not to fall into the trap of ignoring someone you went out of your way to welcome. You might not become besties with anyone you welcome on the first day, and that’s okay, but stay consistent. A smile and a “hey,” go a long way.