Strategies to Make Friends at School

Follow these 10 simple steps to making friends at school. Use the guide yourself or work through the steps with someone you are with.

Strategies for making friends at school

1. Be Friendly

Smile, greet classmates and show a positive attitude to make yourself approachable.


2. Join Clubs or Activities

Participate in extracurricular activities that interest you, providing opportunities to meet like-minded peers.


3. Collaborative Projects

Collaborate with classmates on group assignments or projects to get to know them better.


4. Lunch and Breaks

Sit with different groups during lunch or breaks to meet new people.


5. Attend School Events

Participate in school events, sports games, or performances to engage with others outisde of class.


6. Initiate Conversations

Start conversations by asking about classmates' interests or experiences.


7. Compliments and Encouragement

Offer sincere compliments and words of encouragement to build positive connections.


8. Listen Actively

Practice active listening when classmates talk, showing genuine interest in their thoughts and feelings.


9. Be Inclusive

Include others in activities and conversations to create a sense of belonging.


10. Volunteer

Volunteer for school projects or events, which can provide opportunities to interact with different students.



Remember, building friendships takes time and effort.  Be patient, open and approachable and over time you'll likely find meaningful connections with your peers.

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