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How to make friends by lunch--really!

 
Whether you’ve switched schools, skipped a grade or just need a new batch of peeps, making friends can be a scary and challenging task. But ya just gotta show off your sparkling personality in one little convo to snag a lunch buddy. The trick is getting the chitchat started, so here’s how:

 

Tried and True

Don’t be afraid to just introduce yourself to the girl sitting one desk over. Sure, it’s awkward to say, “Hi, my name is __________,” and then let it hang there. So don’t. Introduce yourself, and after she responds with her name, follow up with a question about how long she’s gone to the school or where her locker is this year. And in the awkward event that she just stares at you and doesn’t respond with her name, be prepared just to jump straight into your question. If you ask her something directly, hopefully she won’t be so rude that she won’t respond at all.

 

Helping Hand

It’s your first day of school, and your locker is stuck already. Don’t look at that as a problem, though – make it into an opportunity! Ask a nice-looking girl or guy near you if they’d mind helping you out. If they can’t get it, you can laugh about it together, and if they do fix it, you can thank them and segue into a real convo. Whatever your problem is, don’t be afraid to ask for help. It is the first day, after all. And remember that you can always offer to help someone else out, too, if notice them struggling with something that you’ve already got down.

 

That Awkward Moment When…

Pay attention to anything out-of-the-ordinary or funny that happens in your first few classes, and comment on it when you run into one of your classmates in the hall later. The best is if you can make a joke out of it, and use that to get the chitchat flowin’. Something like, “So does it usually sound like they’re shouting the morning announcements in your ear, or was the loudspeaker just turned up in honor of the first day?” Be careful with your jokin’, though, and don’t mention any people – you never know who could be creepin’ up behind you and get offended.

 

Dish Out the Compliments           

If you heart the pants that your locker neighbor is wearing, tell her. She probably put tons of thought into her BTS outfit just like you did, and she’ll appreciate someone noticing it. You can then ask her where she got them, or move on to a new topic once you’ve gotten her attention. Just be careful not to gush too much – you don’t wanna come off as a spaz. A simple compliment and a smile will go a long way.

 

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