Your besties are totally brill, but when it comes to
calculator chaos, gym class and honors chem, it’s time to bring in some back
up. Stretch those social butterfly wings, sweetie, and take flight this year
with our best-ever tips for snagging the friends you need to ace this school
1. Your homeroom teacher
Your homeroom teach is the first person you see every
day…and the first person to mark ya late if you’re 10 seconds tardy. Start the
first day off right with a big, genuine smile and a “Hello! How are you?” then
follow up with the same cheery attitude and a li’l small talk. Bonus? If you’re
new to the school, she (or he) could totally help ya figure out where your
2. A sporty sistah
We’ve all been there: It’s dodgeball day in gym class
and—oops!—you’re out again. It helps to
have a friend (or five) to hang with, whether you’re at the top of the class or
the bottom. And if you wanna improve your swing come softball season? Partner
up with a pinch hitter and ask for some tips.
3. Your lab partner
Partnering up with your buds is a brilliant idea…for your
next history project. But when it comes to science experiments, you really
don’t wanna deal with a girlie you heart that can’t take the Bunsen burner
heat. You don’t have to pick the class brainiac, but do partner up with someone
reliable who is interested in doing the work well.
4. Your guidance counselor
A good relationship with your guidance counselor can work
wonders. Whether you wanna switch out of your second period ceramics class or
you’re lookin’ to get a head start on the whole college applications process,
she (or he) is your go-to gal (er, gent).
5. The fab fashionista
Sick of donning the same old jeans-‘n’-tee combo every day?
Sidle up to a stylish sweetie and invite her on a shopping trip. Her honest,
no-holds-barred advice might be humbling at first, but by the time you’re
picking out your homecoming dresses together, you’ll be grateful for a girl who
will tell you what she really thinks.
6. A Hermione Granger look-alike
When you’re out sick before midterms, life can get tough if
your friends aren’t diligent note-takers. Befriend a classmate in every period
that you can rely on to lend you their notes if you miss a day or two. One more
thing: Make sure you can read their handwriting, okay?
7. The BGF
Crushing is great and all, but nothing tops a guy you can
chill with without all the pressure of impressing his socks off. Look for
common interests and be sure to keep your flirtatious grins out of the
equation. No mixed signals here, sistah!
8. A bus buddy
Break up boring mornings on the bus with a neighbor you can
giggle with in the early a.m. hours. A friendly smile and a nice “Is this seat
taken?” will position you perfectly for making an on-the-bus bestie. Bonus
points for packing an extra granola bar in your bag. Everybody likes a sharer.
9. The tech whiz
You can call the A.V. club kid in your math class a geek all
you want, but that’s not gonna help ya when your calculator goes on the fritz
before a big test. Drop the stereotypes and be nice to everyone. You never know who’ll you need to ask for
PowerPoint presentation pointers, ya know.
10. The chill chick
When your school days are loaded with drama, you’re gonna be
yearnin’ for a babe who’s never phased by grapevine gossip. Follow her lead and
bond over how totally cray-cray the rest of your posse can be.
Which bud can you not live without when you head back to
BY BRITTANY TAYLOR AND MARY HOJNOSKI ON 7/31/2011 12:00:00 AM
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