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Dear Dish-it: A New Me Next School Year

Jun 13, 2010

Dear Dish-it,


It's summer and school's out but when I go back to start Grade 7 next year I want it to be a MAJOR change from what I was like in Grade 6, especially since I'm going to be starting in a new school. How can I get to be a new me over the break?


babygaga


Dear BG,


Starting a new school can be exciting and scary at the same time. In the end, yes, it’s a good time to try new things, but you don't need to change who you are to be popular. There are plenty of other ways to stand out and make friends without changing who you truly are!


Start Stylish

It's cool to try out some new colors and trends, but make sure you feel comfortable in them. Don't buy clothes you think "popular girls" would wear - get clothes you really love. A good test is picturing yourself wearing that outfit out the very next day. If you think you might feel weird wearing it, it probably isn't you. If you have a uniform at your new school, get some cute accessories like headbands, earrings, scarves and fun socks to spice up a dull uniform.


Stay Positive

Be positive about the change that is around you. If you're smiling, people will be drawn to you! Try to stay out of gossip as much as you can, and be nice to everyone. Friend groups can change a lot in seventh grade, and the people you'll want to be friends with later on might surprise you.


Meet New Peeps

Use this opportunity to try out all the different groups. Sit with different people at lunch every day the first week. Join clubs and sports teams that interest you! Get to know a bunch of different people. By the time you figure out who loves you for who you really are, you'll be super interesting and have a lot going on! Not to mention, you might get more confident in those abilities you say you're "kinda" good at, like school, sports, and being outgoing. Soon enough, you'll have tons of friends and guys who like you because you are happy with yourself. Enjoy being the new girl! People will be really excited to meet someone new.


Sound Off

Do you think changing who you are or doing a bit of a personality overhaul once in a while is a good idea or not? Have you ever had to go to a new school like babygaga? How did you handle it? Have your say by leaving a comment below this story!


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rainbowpoptart
Goodness... I see where your mother is coming from: if you eat too much, no matter how healthy the food is, and don't work off the calories, you're going to gain weight. But she's being very obsessive and dramatic about it. There is nothing wrong with eating pizza or a cookie every now and then, and there's nothing wrong with relaxing from time to time either. As long as you aren't constantly eating junk and not burning the calories, then you do not have a problem. Eating unhealthy things every now and then does not make you fat. EATING every now and then does not make you fat. Try explaining this to her, calmly and patiently. Tell her that you don't want to be forced to do all of this exercising - being forced to exercise makes it a lot less interesting. Do not take "This is for your own good" for an answer; if you do not want to do it, it is NOT for your good. (This, of course, would be a different story if you were actually fat.) ALSO tell her that exercising too much and not satiating your cravings is JUST AS UNHEALTHY AS BEING FAT IS. If you were to not eat healthful meals and not snack every now and then, no matter how healthy or unhealthy the food is, plus exercise so frequently, you would not be healthy.  Eating is good for you, even if the food isn't. Eating too little and eating too much is not healthy. Exercise is good for you. Not exercising enough and exercising too much is not good for you. If you talking to her doesn't help, try telling another adult how you feel, and maybe they can help get it through to her. Regardless of what happens, take care of yourself. Moderate how much you eat, but don't limit yourself to less than you feel you need. Exercise, but don't do something you don't want to; working out should be fun. Good luck with everything. I'm really sorry that she makes you feel so badly about this.
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jake495
jake495 posted in Family Issues:
Make sure she knows its your body not hers In a respectful way of course
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ThePaleWalker636
I'm perfectly happy with myself. I'm around 5'6" and somewhere between 140-150 pounds, and I don't feel fat. But my mom is constantly telling me that I am, or, at least, that I'm going to be. She forces me to go to exercise classes because I don't like many sports, tries making me go on diets, but I don't want to. She tells me that if I continue the way I am, having an extra cookie once in a while and only eating cereal for breakfast, that I'll end up fat, and she makes sure to emphasize how horrible that is for a person to live with. She rolls her eyes and sighs whenever she sees me getting a snack, and just in general makes me feel awful for eating the things I like and for relaxing. I've told her that I don't want to do these things and that she makes me feel bad when she says things like that, but she swears it's for my own good and that I should never want to be fat, that it ruins people's lives. How should I deal with this?
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drowning
drowning posted in Friends:
"NS12" wrote: I meet this guy at a festival and we have been talking for the whole week and my mum has noticed I keep texting someone and I know I need to tell her but I don t know how I am going to tell her, I doubt she ll get angry or anything but he lives about 4/5 hours away from me. I know I need to tell her as I don t like keeping secrets from her. I know this was a bit ago, but I truly hope that you were able to be open with your mother. If you feel as if they won't get mad at you, then chances are that your guardian will not. Honesty is the best policy, and if you feel guilt keeping a secret, then it is one you probably shouldn't be keeping.
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drowning
I agree with @rainbowpoptart. You really shouldn't worry about relationships that much given your age. I promise, they're better things to worry about than boys and more secure romances occur later on in life anyways. But, given the situation, you shouldn't worry about either. The boy is unfaithful and so is your friend. If your best friend really valued your friendship, she would not have put it in a position that could end it. Don't waste your time on those who will not put you first just as you do for them; better people will come into your life and they are the ones who you should really worry about.
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