You know the drill. Another school means leaving behind the comforts of what you're used to. But getting prepared before you head off to your new school can make the experience a lot more fun and a lot less stressful.
- Research as much as you can about your new school. Call ahead or check out the school's website. Find out about the size of the school, the location, as well as the classes, sports, clubs, and extra-curricular activities they offer.
- Contact the school's guidance counselor by email or phone. Check with him or her to see if there's anything you need to have ready before you get there.
- Join your Youth Sponsorship program. This is a perfect way to meet someone and learn all about your new school and installation before you even get there. Check with the Youth Director at your current installation for help finding the person in charge of the program at your new installation. Then, get paired up with someone your age who attends the school you'll be going to. This person can tell you what the other teenagers are wearing, what music they're listening to, what the teachers are like, and what's going on at the school.
- Get your transcript ready. Ask your guidance counselor to help you get an official transcript ready to send to your new school. In the meantime, ask for an unofficial transcript to take with you. You can use this to make sure you get scheduled into all the right classes at your new school.
- Get your official papers organized. You'll need to bring several important documents with you in addition to your transcript, such as health records, test scores, etc.
- Get involved. Once you do all your research about your new school, pick something to join. If you're involved in an activity now at your current school, see if you can sign up for it at your new school too. Or try something entirely new! Moving can be a great chance to reinvent yourself or just to find different things you may like doing.
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