First off, think about how you were last school year towards the end. Super comfortable and used to everything. Try to use that mentality when starting, since unless you are changing schools the same people will likely be in your classes. If you weren’t happy with how you acted, change it! Be more confident.
Don’t try to please everybody, since that is impossible. At least SOMEBODY is bound to not like you. And that’s completely okay! Don’t change yourself because a small group of people have a problem with you, it’s pointless.
Stay strong. As long as you don’t give into peer pressure or do stupid things, your year should go just fine!
Once you get your schedule, talk to anybody in the grade above you that you know and see if they had the teachers you are going to. If they like them, good! If not, you can always talk to your school guidance counselor and get that changed. But don’t be too quick–some people that say teachers are super mean end up being my favorite.
Go to your school and find all of your classes beforehand, so you are not completely lost on your first day. See when you are able to go to your locker too–you might not have that much time. In middle school I had 3 minutes to get to each class, and most of mine were on opposite sides of the school from each other.
Meet your teachers beforehand if you can, and get to know them. That way they will be nicer to you when the first day comes. Make a good impression of yourself on the staff.
If you’re in high school, ask your counselor about Dual Credit, AP classes etc. Use this or these: (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior)to help you throughout the year.
Join clubs!!! Clubs are the easiest way to find people that share similar interests and make friends.
Friendship happens over time. Someone might be a little creeped out if you go up to them and scream “CAN WE BE FRIENDS????” Try to have a conversation with them, invite them over, and then you will be friends.
Also, don’t be super mean or exclusive. You won’t make friends. Be friendly and y o u r s e l f, and you’ll be fine 🙂