Peer Group


Going to a new school can be really hard.  Here are some tips to make it easier to be your Barbizon best:

  1. See if you can go see your new school before it opens.  Find out where everything is so you won’t have to ask where the bathroom is.
  2. Be the first to introduce yourself.  Break the ice.  Try to remember your classmate’s names.  Start conversations and ask what they like to do.
  3. Always smile.  Get to know everyone first before rushing to make friends.
  4. Don’t forget why you’re there: to learn.  Stay on top of your grades and do your homework.
  5. Get involved in activities and clubs.
  6. Stay in touch with your old friends from your other school.  Call and email.  They are a good support system when you need someone to talk to.
You can find more helpful tips everyday on our Facebook page .

RIVALRY: This one can be tricky. Some people bring out our primitive characteristics like hate, gossip, and meanness. Some of this is okay, but we need to see it for what it is and not get stuck in it. Who are your rivals?

COMPETITION: Competition is normal. We need to learn to use competition to stimulate us to grow in ways that we want to grow and to take on new challenges, instead of making us feel as if we’ll never be best, so why try? Tell us who you compete with.

Check back next week for Part IV.

IDENTIFICATION: We need to have people we can identify with who like to do what we like to do and have values similar to ours. Who do you identify with?

Check back next week for Part III.

SUPPORT: We all need support in order to feel connected to other people. It’s natural and it’s important. Who supports you?

Check back next week for Part II.