I have NO friends!

I’m homeschooled and have NO friends.  I feel like I’m missing out on things like BFFs, cute boys and fun.  It’s not fun to get up in the morning and just go online and do my schoolwork! 
I mean, there is NO social interaction or anything like that.  My mom and dad can’t put me in outside school.  My cousin tried to hook me up with one of his female friends, but it isn’t going so well.  How can I make friends?
Hey there, girly!  Sorry to hear about the tough friend sitch.  I’ve never been homeschooled myself, so I can only imagine how hard that must be for you.  But no worries, chica!  I think with a little work, you’ll have plenty of friends in no time.
Get involved!
Since you’re not in school with most people your age, chances are ya can’t sit back and wait for people to come to you.  It’s time to get active and do something about it!  It’s super important for you to meet people in other ways.  This could be anything from getting into extracurricular sports or clubs to going around and getting to know some of your neighbors. 
Find your passion
Love sports?  Want to help those less fortunate?  Got a creative spark?  Whatever it is, find something (or even a couple things) you’re way passionate about.  Then do your research: go online, check the newspaper or talk to your fam to find out about clubs/groups you can join that you’ll fit right into. 
When you're there, you’ll meet lots of people with similar interests as you.  Once you get involved in something you love, you’ll feel happier with yourself AND your social life.
Don’t worry, be happy
When it comes down to it, just be yourself.  I know, cliché right?  But really, it’ll be a li’l nerve-racking at first, but just be friendly, be nice, and speak up!  If they don’t like you, it’s their loss.  But if you don’t open up, your peers will never get a chance to know the beautiful Y-O-U.
Good luck!!
~Kristen Y. <3
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6/9/2010 12:20:00 PM