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September 8, 2008


-- Insider's Guide to High School --


How to survive first day syndrome


By Eugenia Durante

Junior Reporter, Youth Journalism International


Genoa, ITALY Ė Maybe it doesnít show in psychology texts, but it exists and has a name: itís called first day syndrome.

The symptoms are fear, discomfort and loss of self-esteem and it can infect all high school freshmen. 
Being in a new school can be very difficult for students. Itís easy to imagine how much harder it could be if you donít have any friends with you or if you are afraid you wonít be able to hold up under the pressures of school.

But there is a remedy for this syndrome you can easily take. 
If you donít have any friends in your new class and you are afraid you wonít be able to strike up new friendships, donít give up.

Even if you think itís impossible, youíll make new friends much sooner you can imagine. All new students are very keen to socialize. Once the ice is broken, youíll find people you can get along with and new friends to face the years with.

But if your problem is holding up under school pressure, donít be so hard on yourself.

The first months might not be easy, but you donít have to think you cannot undergo the new rhythms.

All you need is organization and calm. Once you have found the right study method, everything will be all right. 
Finally, if you are worried youíll be missing your ďoldĒ friends, you couldnít be more wrong. Friendship is forever, and even if you donít meet up with your friends as much as you did before, this doesnít mean you are no longer friends.
You can see for yourself that first day syndrome is a quickly treatable disease. You just need three basic things: organization, initiative and a lot of optimism!


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