Outside of long division, chemistry experiments, book reports, studying and homework, and the whole academic portion in general, school can be, well,…

Outside of long division, chemistry experiments, book reports, studying and homework, and the whole academic portion in general, school can be, well, confusing. Not just for the younger students or the upperclassmen or the kids with backpacks falling apart from the weight of their hoards of overdue library books – it can be difficult for everyone. There’s no universal set of “how-to” guides when it comes to navigating the social current of your school’s hallways. Styles are various. Cliques abound. Trends flare up and fade out. And it all may seem out of control – your control – with no rhyme or reason and, for the most part, that might be true. It can be a lot to process.


Understanding yourself and how you fit into it all can seem impossible, but you may also be the easiest, at least where you’ll find the most control. Some kids’ mohawk might blow your mind; you might wish you could talk in front of a classroom as smoothly as your lab partner; or, you might be certain your friend never does anything wrong. Without knowing your strengths – what you’re good at, the things you love to do – then none of that means much because you can’t be sure of how it fits with yourself. It’s tough to pin it down; we change and so do things around us. If you feel confused or unsure and you want somebody to work things out with, the lines at 1-800-RUNAWAY are always open.
– Colin

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