First Impressions

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First Impressions

Joe Crawford, Staff Writer

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As teenagers in the 21st Century, we sometimes have a hard time getting to know others. It can be challenging to make good first impressions. We all get anxious from time to time. But, not to fear. Everyone gets anxiety, so most Patriots here at AHS  understand the challenge of making new friends.

First impressions are key. Stand up straight, smile, think of what makes you happy, hum a tune. Happiness is more infectious than the sniffles in winter. And who doesn’t like to be happy?

Helping others smile is a great way to get their attention. When they are feeling down they’ll remember those happy feelings and goofy jokes and associate them with the source: the people who tell the jokes. And soon those jokesters are associated with happy feelings and more people will want to be their friend. At lunch, find someone who looks like they are alone and try to make them laugh.

Lastly, just be proactive and ask someone to be your friend. Everyone here is a loving child of God. Even teachers can be great friends, and they probably need a friend too. Don’t think about rejection; realize that everyone here is so full of love and, with a little effort, you’ll have golf buddies in no time!