Trust me, I remember that feeling. I'm going into 8th grade but I still remember my first day. But the first day is completely easy. The most important thing to remember is that your opinion of people WILL change. Just because that guy was a dork on the first day doesn't mean he won't be the coolest guy in the grade next week. Same goes with the people you meet.
1. Yes, you should keep your old friends. But that doesn't mean you have to be with them 24/7. You will meet lots of other friends.
However, if you want a fresh, clean and new start, you don't have to hang out with them.
2. In 7th grade, there is no such thing as the popular group. They're just the annoying and bitchy group. Avoid them, because they are your one way ticket to drama. The best way to avoid them, is to give them plain answers when they ask anything from you.
3. The best thing you can do, is buy a mini whiteboard for your room. You can write assignments, homework, tests and excursions down. That way, teachers won't get so mad at you for forgetting. Remember to buy a planner and bring it to each class so you can write down homework.
4. Crushes are fine. Just make sure you fall for a nice guy
Okay! These are some of my tips that I followed on my first year.
-Say hi to the person next to you in each of your classes. This will make it easier to choose partners for projects. And maybe make friends
-Don't let too many people use your stuff
-Find out your teachers email to send them your work when your sick
-Don't be embarrassed to raise your hand to ask questions. Teachers love it.
-If you fall behind get help right away so you don't get lost
-Buy a whiteboard for your room or one of those wipe off wall stickers, and write down due dates of assignments, long term projects, extended homework, group work, trips and anything important
-Buy a mini whiteboard for your locker
-Don't procrastinate, its the one of the worst feelings in the world
-Keep your notes organised, remember to take notes
-You don't need a boyfriend to make you happy
-Don't lose friends over boys
-Don't let people take advantage of you
-Most other grades won't hurt you. Some will.
-Never go to a party alone, EVER! Do I need to name everything that could go wrong? But don't worry if its a birthday party
-Don't do drugs
-Have positive friends
-Join clubs and teams to meet people
-Always make time for friends
-Be careful of who you tell secrets to
-Don't spread rumours
-If you have a problem, talk it out
-Stay friends with your parents
-Someone, somewhere will have a problem with you. Be the bigger person and ignore it.
-Don't start drama, school is way more fun without it.
-Girls CAN be mean. Assume its their problem
-People get pregnant and things happen so protect yourself and never abandon a friend going through this
IN YOUR BAG/LOCKER TIPS
-Keep color coded folders for each subject
-Keep extra sanitary things
-Pens and pencils always get lost. Keep a few in your locker
-Keep emergency money
-Keep little bottles of gel, water or lotion
-Keep a mini brush
-Keep some hair ties
-Keep an extra change of clothes in case you spill food on yourself
-Get some tide to go
-Keep your make up if you use any
(Note: Most of the above is optional)
-Keep spare shoes for gym
-Give yourself time to eat breakfast in the morning
-Pick out your clothes each night so you aren't rushing in the morning
-Never have a embarrassing ring tone. It may ring in the middle of class
-Take nothing but a notepad, lunch, water, pens and pencils on the first day. Keep your bag light because the school will give you a few things on the first day.
-Find out what studying routine works for you
-Find out what morning routine works for you(you might want to write your morning routine on your white board so you don't forget anything in the morning
-Hair is frustrating, but its not the end of the world
-Decorate what you like. You only get to stay at school once, so you might as well enjoy it
-Have fun with learning. I know barney the dinosaur could of told you this, but be playful when the teacher isn't there.
-Carry a list of school supplies while shopping to make sure you don't forget anything
-Don't over challenge yourself, only take on what you can take on
-Have your own style
-High light and tag everything
-Get a goal and stick to it
-Have a plan for a relaxing activity
-Everyone is in the same place as you. Relax
-Be positive for the whole year
-Get a good sleep but wake up early to get ready
-Cheesy movies about high school can make you feel better
-Getting lost isn't that bad. Think of it as an adventure
-Friends come and go, but you'll find a best friend group
Good luck and best wishes for the year!