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Life Lessons - How To Make New Friends Going Back to School

Going back to school can be an exciting time but it is always a little bit intimidating. For most students the worries are not centered around academics. They are usually centered around the social aspects.  Weather the student is well established or brand new there will be opportunities to make new friends. This guided is intended to help students with the initial meeting between a perspective friend and themselves. 

Step one: Find someone you would like to have a conversation with.
Step two: Make eye contact.
Step three: Smile.
Step four: Walk toward the person
Step five: Say “Hi, my name is _________” and ask a question

An sample exchange might look like this:
Carlos sees a girl (Eva) he does not know at her locker. When she looks up and sees Carlos, Carlos smiles and steps forward. He then says “Hello, my name is Carlos, I am just wondering what toppings do you like on your pizza?”

And YES it is just that EASY. The reason this works is Eva is gets engaged in answering the questions before anyone can start to feel awkward or self-conscious.

Here is a list of 50 more questions that would all be suitable for a first meeting in school.


What subjects in school are you best at?

What was the worst punishment your parents ever enacted?

On a scale of 1-10 how strict are your parents?

What do you like to cook?

What book can you read over an over again?

Do you believe in life on other planets?

Who taught you to cook?

If you could have a conversation with someone from history who would it be?

What was the last vacation you went on?

What exotic pet would you like to have?

Who is the best living singer?

What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten?

What sport do you like to watch?

Do you have any brothers or sisters?

What is your favorite thing about your brother/sister?

What is the best thing on television?

If you could be any age how old would you be?

In what way are your parents out of date?

What toppings do you like to put on your pizza?

What do you feel strongly enough about to protest?

What do you like to do to get exercise?

Do you get along with your parents?

If you had a 60 second Super Bowl advertisement what would you want to show a billion people?

What restaurant do you love to eat at?

What song do you love to dance to?

Would you ever live in New York City?

What national park would you like to go to?

What do you do to earn extra money?

When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?



What food reminds you of your birthday?

What subject are you the most interested in?

Have you ever won a trophy?

Do you believe God has a sense of humor? Why?

What is your earliest memory?

What nickname do you have?

What subject in school do you think is the biggest waste of time?

What do you love the smell of?

What Is your best memory from the summer?

Do you have any pets?

What frightens you or creeps you out?

What grown-up job do you want?

Have you ever lived anywhere else but here?

What was the first thing you learned to cook?

What sports do you love to play?

Who would you run into a burning building to save?

What is your warmest birthday memory?

When was the first time you saw the ocean?


Obviously this is one of many possible scenarios. It should not be inferred that this is the only way or even the best way to make new friends at school.


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