By: Erica Statly
Imagine walking into a room full of people you don’t know (most have experienced this). A school crowded with faces you don’t recognize. A city of strangers. You’re expected to learn the ways of this particular culture you are about to enter, form solid relationships and eventually mesh with your surroundings. And you will, with time.
Being the new girl is not easy. I’ve had the blessing of the new girl experience a couple of times in my life: I switched schools in the middle of 5th grade, and I am going away to college over an hour from my hometown.
A lot of people feel intimidated about getting out of their comfort zone and experiencing something new. Are you experiencing this right now? Maybe you just moved away to college, or switched schools, moved towns, even states. Maybe you joined a new club or a new team. Maybe you just started a new job or obtained a new position at work.
Either way, here is why you should embrace your new girl status:
- Life is interesting again. Think of how many times you have wished for something “new” in life. Anything that might shake up the usual routine. For teens, they usually think of getting into a new relationship, traveling somewhere new, or getting a day off of school. If you’re older, you also might be interested in a vacation, changing up the scenery in your home, or even moving locations completely! When you’re the “new girl” you get to experience a whole new flavor of life, so embrace it, because before long you’re going to be a veteran again, looking for something shiny to play with.
- Fresh start: Take this time to reinvent yourself! If you’re transitioning into a new role at work, maybe establish yourself as more of a leader (if you’re comfortable with that). If you’re entering high school, try that sport you’ve always wanted to try. College students, become the person you’ve always wanted to be. Rediscover yourself.
- Knowledge if power. The more you experience, the smarter you become (both book smart and street smart!) Every new venture is a learning experience, and you will undoubtedly grow from changes like these. Embrace it and you will discover amazing things about yourself and life.