Sunday, August 14, 2016

Making Friends 101, #3

This is my last post in my Making Friends series! If you haven't read my two previous posts yet, read them here! In my first post, I gave you 6 broad tips on making friends. In my second post, I narrowed the topics down to fitting in. In this final post, we will be talking about one of the most difficult things to avoid in Middle School: drama.

Yes, it's true. Middle School is practically brimming with pointless drama. It can tear apart friendships and cause rifts in your friend group. Although seemingly unavoidable, one of the best ways to deal with drama is to avoid it. The big questions is: How?

Well, the first things is, don't be a drama starter. There are already plenty of those walking around the hallway who feed off of the attention that drama gives them. It's simple to avoid being a drama starter and that's the age-old golden rule: treat others the way you want to be treated. Do you want people talking about you behind your back? No? Then don't do it to other people! Easy enough, right?

The second thing is to not add to the drama. Drama starters are only successful if they have a group of people who will add to the drama and keep it going. Don't spread drama or gossip about it because you're only fueling the fire and inadvertently hurting someone's feelings in the process.

The last thing I want to bring up about drama is your image. How do you want your peers to remember you as you leave Middle School? As the person who was always caught up in pointless drama or as the person who rose above it and whose goal was to build people up instead of tearing them down?

You decide how your 3 years of Middle School will be. Remember to follow my 6 Tips and you'll be making friends in no time! If you have any suggestions for a blog post, a question, advice, etc., email!

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