new at work/school?

@berrys (865)
Singapore
January 10, 2010 2:48pm CST
how many times have you been new at work or school and was it hard for you? meeting new people all over again, meeting new colleagues, friends, bosses. when i was young i went to 8 different schools i know you might think that it wasn't a lot but trust me it is! we moved around a lot because of my father's job. don't get me wrong it was nice being in a new country experiencing a new culture and having friends all around the world but it was tiring and irritating and first days were always so nerve wrecking and i just wished for once that we could've just stayed at a place and built a nice proper home that i can now take my kids and say this is where i grew up sadly that kinda life wasn't for me. anyways i wanna hear about you guy's childhood or work life now. do you hate being the new kid/adult? is it easy? nerve wrecking? how did it go?
4 responses
• China
11 Jan 10
i went to 5 different schools as a student. the best experience for me is the time i went to college school.you can imagine how i excite after graduate from the stressful high school.the college means more freedom.i felt so happy at the first day and made friends with my new classmates quickly. the worst experience for me is the time i jointed a class in the second year of junior middle school.for some reasons,i moved into new junior middle school,i don't recogonise one person from the new school.the first day i was nerve wrecking and had no idea on how to find my feet.i spent one year to be familial with my classmate.
@berrys (865)
• Singapore
13 Jan 10
i had trouble with classmates too as i moved around alot i couldnt keep up remembering the names and used to call some of them friend. of course some of them thought i was snobby and thought that i thought real highly of myself to not remember their names but they were genuine mistakes. ...
@HansonFan (1659)
• United States
10 Jan 10
I had the same problem as a kid. I moved all the time and i was always so nervous on the first day of school and trying to meet new people and try to fit in. Surprisingly, I have now gotten over that and now I am only slightly nervous but that might be because my first job welcomed me with open arms and amazing people. I work at a water park over the summers and I have kept the tradition of being as welcoming as possible to my crew as I am now a Supervisor. I havent had as much luck with other jobs, but that one sticks with me and my only regret is that this summer will be my last as I will have graduated and have to face working in the real world all the time.
@berrys (865)
• Singapore
13 Jan 10
wow good luck! i too try to be as nice to people as i know how they feel being the new person as fitting in can be really stressful. im sure you're new job will just be as great! stay positive :)
@much2say (40199)
• United States
10 Jan 10
I used to hate being the new person from about age 12 - 18. At that time I was so self-conscious, in my shell, and not particularly social. I lived in the same town ever since I was a baby, so going to school was not such a big deal because there were always other kids I knew when I went to the next grade, or school. But being the newbie at work was rather scary for me. I had many jobs that I quit right away because I just couldn't handle being the new person. I felt left out from the work cliques and I just never felt like I belonged. Then after I graduated high school and found the perfect part time job right when I started college, I "blossomed" and grew out of my shell. Now it totally does not bother me to be the new person - in fact, I love it.
@berrys (865)
• Singapore
13 Jan 10
im so glad you've gotten out of your shell! my brother was a little it of an introvert too there was this phase he went through where all his friends moved back to their own country ( we go to international schools due to shifting alot) he just wouldnt go to school for a whole year it was a really stressful time for my parents but now his more of an extrovert. glad you transformed! :)
@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
10 Jan 10
I only transferred school once and I've only worked in two different companies in my life time. At school, I do have several part time jobs and it doesn't matter to me meeting new faces and new friends. The first day always the most memorable one and the most challenging too.
@berrys (865)
• Singapore
13 Jan 10
lucky you only transferred once but the teachers must've really knew you well then. :)