From Homeschooler, to Public Schooler

The Adventures of being a "homeschooler" in a Public School.


If you’ve ever enrolled yourself halfway through the school year in a public junior high school, you’ll know making friends can be one of the more challenging tasks of getting accustomed to your new surroundings. Even without the additional stress of learning your way around and dealing with new teachers, making friends is still going to be a challenge. In this day and age, we as humans are so terrified of judgement that we often change and morph our personalities and looks to try and blend in with the majority. Even if by some rare miracle you are adopted into a clique, the people may not be who you thought they were.

Pacifiers and Probations

Don’t get me wrong I am SO incredibly grateful for the people (I’m going to keep them anonymous so I’ll call them Jessie and Debbie) who accepted me into their tight group of friends. But to my dismay Jessie and Debbie are turning out to be quite different than I had first assumed. They weren’t exactly me “type” in friends, blonde, popular, and “perfect”; but I figured I may as well give them a chance and as the old adage goes, “don’t judge a book by it’s cover’. And boy was their cover misplaced, they turned out not to be perfect preppy girls but actually trouble makers. “Jessie” just got off of probation from hospitalizing a 15 year old girl who threw a rock at her 4 year old sister, a bit dramatic but then again I can understand the rage she must have felt. Furthermore, “Debbie” is currently on probation for reasons she refuses to share with me, though she did say “It was probation or 2 years in juvy. I chose probation.” The craziest part of all this to me is the fact that these kids are 8th graders, that means Debbie was threatened with incarceration being only 14 years old!

Now to get to the pacifiers. Let’s say her name is Sarah. She is another one of those popular girls but with a twist of stoner and scene girl, everyone loves her and thinks she is “hot stuff” as one person said. Sarah always wears a laniard around her neck with assorted key chains and random junk dangling from it, but today I noticed something strange entangled in the scraps of different things. Just as I noticed it, she began to suck on it…. And continue to do so for two class periods straight. I found it so odd and I couldn’t decide if she was trying to be cute or if she may actually still suck a ‘binky’.

Make New Friends and Ditch the Old.

My friend “Kellie” is especially good at this technique. She struggles with ways to deal with jealousy and she tends to try and backlash toward the person who “made” her jealous. The first day at my new school I began making new friends and being the social bird I am. When I enrolled myself in her school I wanted to hang out all day; eat lunch together, walk from class to class, and just have a good time. After my second day I realized that wasn’t going to be the case, we didn’t spend any time together at school and we began to hang out less and less away from school as the first week passed. By Monday of my second week, we barely even exchanged friendly smiles in the crowded halls. We still sat next to each other on the bus (due to assigned seating) and texted occasionally but I could feel our friendship fading away. I was making new friends and the opportunity to  spend time together was overrun by homework and sports. I didn’t really mind though, not until she decided to rub it in my face that we weren’t the closest of friends anymore. I had no idea she was even remotely jealous that I was making new friends, she showed no effort to make plans or anything of that nature so I made the assumption that she had moved on. A girl, “Kiki”, moved in a street away from me and Kellie and she began riding our bus. Kellie immediately saw an opportunity to try and flip the jealousy to me. She would kick me out of my seat so that Kiki could sit next to her and loudly discuss their plans for the weekend while Kellie glared over at me from time to time. When the bus squeaks to a stop, the two new “best friends” they bolt off the bus and take longer routes to avoid me. It’s just immature and I don’t understand why she is doing it, I would love to still be friends but she’s ruining her chances.


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