Being the new kid is tough. In LOST IN LONDON, Jordan (J.J.) is the newbee in the “London crowd.” I thought it might be fun to ask her a little bit about how she survived being the new girl.
Cindy: Hey, J.J., Thanks for being here.
J.J.: Sure thing. This is so cool. And I love your outfit, BTW.
Cindy: Thanks. So, if you could give three tips to kids who are new to a school this fall, what would it be?
J.J.: I would say the most important thing is to be nice to everyone. Everyone. You won’t know for a little while who the kid or kids are that you’ll click with. So, keep all your options open. I don’t want to give anything away, but in London, there was one girl who I did NOT click with.
Cindy: What if there are some kids who aren’t nice to you or unfriendly?
J.J.: I know the type. I think you should try to be nice to them too. It’s harder for people to pick on you if they think you’re super nice. The second thing I would say is to smile. Not like a weirdo or anything, a regular smile. People seem to like people who are happy and smile a lot.
Cindy: I like smiling.
J.J.: Me too. And the last thing I would say is to be active. Try lots of different things… sports, clubs, activities. You can always get out of something later if you think it’s not a good fit. But, initially, try lots of stuff to find the crowd you fit best with.
Cindy: So, when you were the new kid with the London crowd, was it hard?
J.J.: Totally. I just kept being nice, and eventually even the not-so-nice kids came around, mostly. And I talk to the Brits all the time.
**J.J.’s phone bings.**
JJ: That’s one of them texting me. Look at this pic.
**J.J. holds the phone out for me to see.**
Cindy: That’s neat. I love those double-decker buses.
J.J.: yeah. Me too.
Cindy: Well, that wraps it up: Be nice to everyone, smile, and get involved. Good tips, J.J., thanks.
J.J.: Thanks for having me. You’re, like, an amazing writer, and totes cool, BTDubs.