Student Insights: Halle Figures, University of Texas, Austin ’21

How to Survive Moving Schools

by Halle Figures

Hi, my name is Halle. I’m from Houston, TX and will be attending the University of Texas Austin in the fall.; and I am majoring in special education.

During the summer before Junior year I had to move from Houston to Austin, Texas. It was a battle but I came out learning how to transform myself from a lonely new girl, to a confident senior heading to UT. Hear my story with the 4 ways I learned to overcome the rough transition period.

Tips and Tricks for Overcoming The Fears of Joining a New School

1. Be open

If you’re actively engaged when people talk to you this might be a chance for you to make a friend or at least an acquaintance.

2. Join an elective or club that is interactive

The nature of the activity will force you to interact with people and get to know them while they get to know you.

3. Talk to people

Keep your eyes open for people to talk to whether that’s a new student you noticed during lunch or a classmate in need for some help.

4. Find people with similar interests

If you’re a shy person, look out for and compliment people with similar interests to you. An easy way to do this is to join that interactive elective or club.

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