Tips from the pros: PEOPEL students share friendship advice
November 12, 2015
“Always be nice!”
The exclamation mark was added to this tip for a reason: it is very important. Being nice to others is always the first step to making friends. No one wants to hang out with a grumpy person, a mean person, or someone too pre-occupied with being cool.
“Be a good person.”
“A good person” is a wide open identifier in the best way. Being a good person can mean going out of your way to help others or even just avoiding bad situations. Use this ambiguity to follow this tip with extra vigor.
“Say ‘hello’ when you see someone.”
Sometimes, two people want to be friends but are both too shy to start a conversation. Building courage to be the first one to say “hello” can ease the awkwardness and be the start of a beautiful friendship!
“Share your interests.”
Your friends are interested in you, so talk to them about what you care about. Be open to what they want to talk about, and figure out what interests you have in common.
“Talk to them everyday.”
Consistency is of vital importance when making friends. The more you talk to someone, the closer you will inevitably become as a result.
“Talk, and be friendly.”
Don’t be afraid to participate in conversation. Just make sure you are sensitive to other participants in that conversation, meaning don’t talk over people and don’t forget to be kind.
Finding and joining an extracurricular activity has plentiful benefits, including being surrounded by like-minded people. It’s easy to make friends with students who are compatible.
“Hang out outside of school.”
Bridge the gap between your school friends and your out-of-school friends by inviting them to hang after school or over the weekend.
“Be kind and caring.”
Exemplify how much your friends mean to you with little acts of friendship, like sending a appreciative text or baking your friends’ favorite kinds of cookies to share with them at school.
“Be polite, approachable, and open to meeting new people.”
Forget your inhibitions when meeting new people. If you are open, the friends you make may surprise you (in a great way).