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In many regards, I was pretty lucky as a kid. My family only moved once, so I only had to experience the gut-rotting panic of being the new kid in the class one time. Let me say, that one time was horrible enough!
I was a dorky, nerdy girl (before it was cool) in hand-me-down clothes with frizzy, unruly hair (think Hermione circa Book 1) thrown into a piranha tank of mean girls in their preppy name-brand clothes and sleek, bouncy hair. On that first day, I really hoped that one of my new classmates would introduce themselves, invite me to sit with them at lunch, and instantly become my new best friend. Yeah, that didn’t happen.
While I did get through it and on with my life, that doesn’t diminish how awful it was to live through. For those of you out there starting a new school year as the stranger in a strange land, all I can say is that it really does get better… eventually. While it may be truly horrible now, you just have to get through it. One day, then another, and another until it’s over and you get to chart the direction of your own life.
So, for now, I’m just gonna give a shout out to all of those beloved characters who were the odd man out and the characters who became their first-day friends!
Characters: Mikoto Urabe & Akira Tsubaki
Characters: Yu Narukami, Chie Satonaka, Yukiko Amagi, & Yosuke Hanamura
Characters: Yuki Sanada, Haru, & Natsuki Usami
Characters: Yuzuru Otonashi & the Battlefront squad
Characters: Kaoru Nishimi, Ritsuko Mukae, & Sentaro Kawabuchi