During your high school years, you may be constantly worried about how you will fit in with your peers, how you’ll measure up, and what your friends and classmates will think about you. Sometimes, the need to fit in with the “in crowd” can overshadow the real reason why you’re in school in the first place: to get an education.
However, there is a way to ensure that along with passing your classes and getting a solid education, that you can be one of the most popular kids in school. And it has nothing to do with the clothes you wear, the car you drive, or the stuff you have.
- Be Nice- There will always be the group of kids who feel so bad about themselves, who are so insecure that the only way they can cover up their own insecurities is to point out the insecurities of someone else. They are bullies, and their behavior is an obvious, outward indication of how low they think of themselves. Many students around you will act as if this behavior is not happening, or decide not to get involved. That’s not how you become the most popular student in school. Instead, stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves. Call bullies out on their tactics, and be known as the guy/girl who doesn’t just stand by and let others get hurt. Be nice to everyone.
- Get Involved- To be the most popular person at school, people are going to have to know who you are. And in order for people to know who you are, you have to get out there and meet people! Join sports teams, academic teams, and after school clubs. Volunteer, tutor younger kids and help out around school. Be a role model for other students, and demonstrate the importance of being part of a team.
- Build Strong Character– Be the one who apologizes first, who fixes their mistakes, and who maintains a strong work ethic. Always try your best, be honest, be respectful in class and keep your commitments. Don’t gossip, be accountable for your actions, and be a genuinely good listener. Be someone everyone can count on, and everyone will look up to you as a role model.
By following these three easy steps, you can navigate your high school years as someone with confidence and in turn, be the person at school everyone will turn to when they need a shoulder to lean on, a friend to count on, and a role model to look up to.